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"Package Bees - sourced from the Czech Republic. A package of approximately 10,500 - 11,000 bees and a caged, mated 2010 Carniolan Queen. Supplied in a correx plastic box (which can be adapted as a 'nuc' box to take 5 British National Standard Brood Frames.) "

Have just seen this on a web site advertising bees and queens for sale. I know there are concerns about bringing in 'foreign' queens, surely this must increase the risk of disease or am I just being paranoid?
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"Package Bees - sourced from the Czech Republic. A package of approximately 10,500 - 11,000 bees and a caged, mated 2010 Carniolan Queen. Supplied in a correx plastic box (which can be adapted as a 'nuc' box to take 5 British National Standard Brood Frames.) "

Have just seen this on a web site advertising bees and queens for sale. I know there are concerns about bringing in 'foreign' queens, surely this must increase the risk of disease or am I just being paranoid?
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i agree with you, perhaps we should be more like ireland on importation of Bees and Queens

are these direct imports ( which means you have the likleyhood of being inspected by DEFRA( or is it FERA and lots of papeprwork) or is it via a UK retailer who does the paperwork

i,ve seen buckfast queen advertised from Germany and cyprus but can we still imprt Queen from NZ?
 

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i agree with you, perhaps we should be more like ireland on importation of Bees and Queens

are these direct imports ( which means you have the likleyhood of being inspected by DEFRA( or is it FERA and lots of papeprwork) or is it via a UK retailer who does the paperwork

i,ve seen buckfast queen advertised from Germany and cyprus but can we still imprt Queen from NZ?
I believe the importer is actually a bee inspector.
 

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I believe the importer is actually a bee inspector.
if this is true and accurate I find it a little bit shocking to be perfectly honest.

I thought the party line from all organisations is to be anti-imported queens that may well be unsuitable for our climate blah blah............


or is it just right up to the point where the individual concerned are lining their own pockets :toetap05:
 

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if this is true and accurate I find it a little bit shocking to be perfectly honest.

I thought the party line from all organisations is to be anti-imported queens that may well be unsuitable for our climate blah blah............


or is it just right up to the point where the individual concerned are lining their own pockets :toetap05:
He is selling black welsh Bees and Carnies ( suitable for first timersr) on 5F Nuc for for £150 and Packages of Czech Carniesa nd Czech carnie queen for £110,
 

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if this is true and accurate I find it a little bit shocking to be perfectly honest.

I thought the party line from all organisations is to be anti-imported queens that may well be unsuitable for our climate blah blah............


or is it just right up to the point where the individual concerned are lining their own pockets :toetap05:

Not sure I should include the link but google bees r us uk and it should take you to website.

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Ok a wee heads up here. I am often wrong. Maths is not my strong suit but 5000 bees is generally accepted to be 1lb.

http://pages.prodigy.net/dscribner/bees/fbeespg0.html

http://www.betterbee.com/resources/poundofbees.html

This a small package. Traditionally a good package was priced at three or five pounds.

If I were to buy a package I would be looking for 5lb not three or less.

I found installing and kicking them off easy enough but I have a bit of experience, for a beginner I would still recommend a nuc.

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Not sure I should include the link but google bees r us uk and it should take you to website.

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I just have a thing about importing bees, its just one of those things that I have a gut feeling that it just isn't right
 

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It is probably just the queens that are imported not the whole package.
 
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It is probably just the queens that are imported not the whole package.
Nope sorry, it seems like its a full package of bees with Queen, I would send the email I got but seems a little unfair.

They supply nucs from Wales and bee packages (no frames) from Slovenija I think, queens also from Slovenija.

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From the wording it would suggest the whole package of bee's is imported,not just the Queens,as he already imports Queens from Slovenia as well,and yes he is,or at least was a bee inspector last year,should do quite well i think.

Package Bees - sourced from the Czech Republic. A package of approximately 10,500 - 11,000 bees and a caged, mated 2010 Carniolan Queen. Supplied in a correx plastic box (which can be adapted as a 'nuc' box to take 5 British National Standard Brood Frames.)

Sorry Jez,posted same time.
 
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I have sent them an e-mail asking. I thought it wasnt legal to import package bees, but am probably wrong.
 

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Our Man in Gloucestershire's packages are 3.5lbs at a few shekkles more.

at a nominal 90mg per bee Poly Hive's figure of 5000 bees weighing in at 1lb is a stunningly accurate generality. Soon be time to fatten them up for brood feeding duties though.

With a 40mg nectar max carrying capacity, we could be putting them over a bee weighbridge to check that they are meeting productivity targets before long. :) :) :)
 

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