Preparing for Bee collections

We are getting alot of questions about when the bees are going to be ready. Although it is too early to say for sure, we have penciled in a few dates. We are not taking any booking yet and we will contact you closer to the time when we know for sure.

Please note that depending on the season and the weather we get over the next 8 weeks these dates, especially the early dates, may need to change.

Queen Bee Pre-Orders

Wow, what happened to the Winter, already we are approaching end of January and we have so much preparation for the new season to go – including over 14,000 frames still to assemble.

Good news though, we are now taking pre-orders for Queens. We should have the first batch arriving in April and then a continious weekly batch arriving. All available online:

End of Bee Order for 2019 – 30th July

All good things must come to an end and for this amazing season for 2019, that time is now. Thank you to all our customers who have purchased bees from us this season.

We will now be busy harvesting our main honey crop over the next few weeks and preparing a few more nucs for overwintering.

Pre-orders for bees will start again shortly for Spring 2020……….

Still dealing with bee orders – 23rd June

Where does the time go, already almost end of June. We have now sold out of langstroth sized nucs and Jumbo sized nucs but we still have plenty of Standard nucs available for pickup throughtout July. We’ve been contacting everyone who has placed orders with us and recontacted those how didn’t reply last time. If you have an order with us, please do get in contact so we can get you booked in for collection.

Package bees collection – 5th May

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.

Collection of Bee orders – 3rd April

Things are moving well here at the moment, sun is shining nicely and temperatures are on the up.

If you have order overwintered bees, either nucs or full colonies, you should have had an email by know to book your collection day in. If not, drop us an email and we can take a look.

If you have order package bees – they are still on schedule for mid May and we will be booking those in over the next few weeks.

For our Summertime nucs, we are looking at end of May and throughout June & July. Again, we’ll be emailing everyone in a few weeks time to arrange that collection day with you.

Bee Order Update – 28th Feb

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).

20th Feb – Moving ahead for 2019

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…….

15th Feb – Bee order update

The weather is beautiful today, temperatures are high (for February) and the bees are busy flying from the hives. The first sunny day of the year normally brings the question ‘I’ve ordered bees from you, when are they ready?’. Not yet is all i can say. The warm weather is great to see and the bees will certainly be taking advantage of it but a lot can happen yet and we are not out of the woods as far as Winter is concerned. We’ve currently penciled our first bee collection week in between 26th April-4th May, however we will officially contact you all closer to the time to arrange with you which actual day you would like, once we know for sure. Please bear with us, we know this is an exciting time for you, especially if it is your first colony of bees, but it is important for us that we ensure the bees are in prime condition before they leave us.

Now taking orders for Spring 2019 – Update 25th July

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.