BIQ Carniolan Queens

BIQ queens are available from January 1, 2018 until March 31, 2018. Please see Olivarez Honey Bees for shipments after March 31, 2018.

Pricing and availability from January 1st to March 31st and subject to change without notice.

  • 1-10 = $35.00 (Ships in 3-hole cage)

Our queens are marked. Limit 5 queens per order. Shipping charges will be applied to each order regardless of requested ship date. Please call us at (877) 865-0298 for larger quantities or custom cages.

    Queen Ordering Information

    • BIQ ships queens year round, dependent on availability.
    • Examine the contents of your shipment immediately upon delivery.

    Shipping Information

    • 3-hole cages ship with attendants in cage with queen.
    • California Mini Cages ship with loose attendants.
    • Prices do not include shipping.
    • We utilize both UPS and USPS 2 - 3 day shipping from Hawaii which is the fastest shipping methods and least amount of stress on the bees.
    • We ship via UPS and USPS, UNINSURED. The risk is minimal, however queens shipped are the SOLE RESPONSIBILITY of the purchaser. Replacement is at the discretion of BIQ.

    BIQ Carniolan Queens

    We continue to raise the same excellent stock as we do in California by keeping the same genetic lines through insemination of our breeder queens. Most recently, BIQ collaborated with Sue Coeby for the inseminating of our Carniolan breeder queens. Carniolans are known for their winter hardiness, rapid spring buildup, and exceptional honey production. They show excellent resistance to tracheal mites and are great comb builders. The queens we produce from these breeders are open-mated with all of our stock for genetic diversity and hybrid vigor.

    Carniolan traits:

    • A good choice for colder climates
    • More likely to forage on cool, wet days than other bees
    • Quick to brood up when nectar is available
    • Excellent honey producers