So with the overwintered colony order out the way, our attention now turns to the package bee orders. The colonies have had some nice warm weather the past few weeks and they are all ready for making into packages. Emails have been sent out to everyone so please do check your inboxes.
We’ll also be checking the status of the summertime nucs over the next couple of weeks too. As soon as they are showing signs of being ready, we’ll be booking those in too.
Another day out checking the bees and things are still looking good, even though the weather next week is looking wetter and colder. We are now starting to book bees in for collection so keep an eye open in your inbox. We have limited availability at the moment so we are contacting you in the same order we’ve received the orders – First come first served. First collections should be from Mid March onwards but as the weather is up and down at the moment we are only booking in bees that we know are going to unaffected by that. This does mean the likelihood is most orders won’t be ready until end of April. Please bear with us and the bees and keep an eye on your inbox (and check your junk folder).
This year is going to be very exciting for us at Paynes Beefarm and we want to share with you our plans for the future, but first a little history.
Paynes was started in 1922 so we are not far off our 100 year anniversary. Over the years we’ve expanded and grown in all aspects of the business and we’ve always taken the business wherever demand has taken us. We’ve seen ourselves grow from around 500 hives to 1500 hives. We’ve expanded our range of honey and beeswax based products – along with other nice goodies. We also become one of the largest equipment suppliers in the UK for beekeepers. However, our love still remains with our roots of the business – being Beefarmers, and we’ve found that as we’ve expanded the business its given us less time with our own bees.
So where does that leave us – Don’t worry we are not going anywhere but over the next few years we’ll be focusing on a few key areas and taking Paynes in that direction:
Beekeeping Equipment – Our poly hives and poly nucs outsell everything else we sell for equipment and we’ve become known for our poly hives . When we introduced poly hives to the mainstream UK beekeeping market, we never realised how far it would take us, from a small local equipment source to one of the largest national suppliers in the UK. So rather than being just another ‘one stop shop’ for everything beekeeping, we will be focusing on poly hives and other important, essential equipment only. This means the range of equipment available online and in our shop is reduced compared to previous years.
Bees & Queens – allowing us more time to do beekeeping will allow us to grow the business more in this area – Giving you more choice in the future!
Honey – giving ourselves more time on the bees will allow us better ‘bee management’ overall which should help with honey crops. We will continue to expand our range in the future so look out for exciting new products coming soon……
By focusing on these key areas, we will be able to put more effort into them and improve our service and products. We are excited about how Paynes has grown over the years, especially over the last 10-15 years and we are looking forward to the next 100 years…….
As we appear to have high demand for 2019 season bees already, we have enabled the colonies online for pre-order. We have Standard nucs, 14×12 nucs, langstroth nucs as well as a range of full hives and packages available too.
All our nucs and colonies are collection only, from Paynes Bee Farm, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 9NP. We are hoping to arrange collection points around the UK to minimise travel time for customers but at the moment please assume it is collection from the shop only.
Remember, if you order a standard nuc before 21st Dec 2018 you will also get a £20 gift voucher to buy in the shop.
Well, we always have to stop somewhere and today is that day. No more colonies of bees available for 2018 anymore. If you have already placed an order with us, you should have had emails/phone calls by now so please contact us ASAP to get your bees booked in.
Queens are still available throughout July and August.
We’ll now be focusing on making colonies for our own purpose and for overwintering the 2019 orders. With over 800 nucs still to prepare we’ve got a few busy weeks ahead of us.
Pre-orders for 2019 will start September once we know official numbers overwintering.
So the overwintered nucs have been booked in and collected and we are currently working our way through the package bee orders over the next few weeks. If you have ordered Packages and not heard from us, then drop us an email and we can get you booked in.
We are busy working on Summer Nuc and full colonies and they should be ready throughout July. We will only be dispatching limited numbers each week and it will depend how quickly they build up. It is hard to give exact dates at the moment as we enter the ‘June Gap’ so lets hope the nectar flow starts again soon.
Our first Bee Week, between 30th April till 12th May is now fully booked. Any outstanding orders for overwintered bees are now being booked for 28th May till 2nd June.
We have stopped all overwintered colonies now so we can focus on preparing the current orders over the next few weeks. This means we are now only dealing with the ‘Summer colonies’ that are ready end of June.
We have also sold out of Package bees now and will be booking those orders in shortly.
We are currently booking in collections and deliveries for the overwintered bees. You should have received an email within the last few days, just reply back with your requested date. The first ‘Bee Week’ is booked up with over 400 colonies due to go within the first week to new their new owners, so we are booking for the 2nd bee week period at the moment. If you have ordered overwintered bees and need to book your bees in, email us to book in.