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.
We still have bees available which are due to be ready end of May so if you need any, get your order in quickly: https://www.iwantbees.co.uk/
We will be booking package bees in shortly for end of May – if you have order packages, expect an email soon.
Well, what a difference this season is compared to last year. We had Supers filling up on the hives by the end of March 2017, this year so far we have yet to even do a full inspection on the hives. We’ve escaped the worst of the snow that hit the rest of the UK but temperatures have been bitterly cold and there has been little activity from the hives. However, things are starting to look up, peaking underneath the crownboards, we can see bees are starting to expand and the weather (dare i say it) seems to be getting better now.
Looking forward, we have penciled in collections/deliveries for the first ‘bee week’, between 30th April till 12th May https://www.iwantbees.co.uk/faq. This should give us time to get the nucs and full colonies cleaned and checked over ready for everyone. We’ll contact everyone around beginning of April to arrange which day they would like to book in. I don’t want to start booking in too early incase weather delays us but i’m quietly sure of the dates. We’ll contact you via Email or Phone call.
Packages – If you have ordered package bees, they are due in May and we’ll contact you end of April to arrange collection of those.
Final week left of our poly hive sale so ideal time to stock up on any extra equipment that you need ready for next year (or even this year, our poly crownboards are great for feeding fondant over the Winter). Not only are you saving now but poly prices are due to rise after the sale too as the cost of the polystyrene material has increased this year so they are the best price they will ever be.
Another damp start to the day downtown in skyscraper nuc city, but still, the inhabitants were busy going about their business.
A little Friday fun for the weekend! what is missing from this picture?