We are now accepting orders for QUEENS and NUCS with availability for 2023.
Russian Queens - 2023 Pricing
Please contact about orders for 100+ queens.
Marking and/or Clipping - ADD $4 per queen
When ordering Queens you must include the total number of queens and the date you would like them to arrive. Click on the “Order Bees” tab in the upper left of the page (click "more" for dropdown).
A 25% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your order and the balance is due in full two weeks prior to ship date. We accept checks, money orders, and debit/ credit cards. Debit/credit card purchases will have 5% added to the price of the order. Click on the “Order Bees” tab in the upper right of the page.
We only use UPS for shipping of queens. Examine the contents immediately for any queens received in poor condition or dead. Should either of these conditions occur, immediately notify us on the same day that the shipment arrives. You will be responsible for shipping cost on replacement queens, which must be paid prior to shipment. We do not ship to PO Boxes. You must provide a shipping address which UPS delivers to. Queens do not do well when exposed to the sun and/ or heat. You need to be prepared to receive the shipment of queens as soon as possible. In other words, they don't need to be delivered on your front porch at 10 am and you find them when you arrive home, even a few hours later. Upon receipt, you need to put the queens inside at room temp. If you receive an order with bulk bees around the queen cages, DO NOT OPEN INSIDE. The package needs to be opened outside; otherwise, the attending bees will be happy to fly around the room in which you release them!
Russian Queen Cells
Queen cells can bee booked ahead of time. No shipping of queen cells. PICKUP ONLY! Queen cells require a minimum of 2 weeks request. YOU MUST GET A CONFIRMATION BACK FROM SOMEONE AT SMITH'S HONEY FARM before you have an official booking. No cells available for Sundays.
Ordering Queen Cells
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the "Order Bees" tab in the upper left of the page to send your request. Be sure to include the number of queen cells and the date you are requesting pickup of the cells in your request.
2023 Queen Cell Pricing
$5.50 per each
Russian 5-Frame Nucs - We are booking for SPRING 2023!
We are offering a 5-frame nuc in a reusable plastic E-Z Nuc.
Our nucs contain five deep frames. Three will have brood and two with honey and pollen. Our queens are new, first-year queens (raised from a queen cell placed into the nuc), and brood within the nuc will represent the queen’s laying ability.
We do not sell second-year queens in our nucs, as they are more likely to swarm or require early replacement. Our nucs have new (proven) queens, are free of disease (inspected by MS Dep. of Ag - Honey Bee Inspection), and will be ready for transfer to a ten-frame hive body. Before release to customers, the nuc is inspected confirming it is ready to be picked up.
2023 Nuc Pricing
NUCS ARE PICK-UP ONLY IN PETAL, MS
When ordering nucs you must include the total number requested and the desired dates you will be picking them up. Click on the “Order Bees” tab in the upper left of the page (click "more" for dropdown). Cancellations of orders must be done by 1.31.2023 for refund of deposit.
Nucs will be available for pick up at our shop in Petal from 6:00 – 7:30 PM in the evening and/or 6:00 – 7:30 AM on a Saturday morning. Bring your veil and gloves and pick out your nucs. Bees travel best in/on an open truck bed. We strongly encourage everyone to transport nucs on/in the back of an open truck bed. Once you have selected and loaded up your nucs, we are no longer responsible. We cannot guarantee a nuc's success.
Nucs will be available for pickup mid April until early May. Specific pick-up dates are TBA.