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Queen Bees (Virgin)


By request, we are excited to now be able to offer the option of Virgin Queen Bees.  

Orders must be placed at least 20 days prior to pick-up/shipping date.  

These Queens are unmated and can be shipped when they are 1-2 days old.  You must introduce them to your hive where they can make successful mating flights.  You must have a good supply of drones, weather, and temperature to allow for mating (69 degrees F or higher).  

Because introduction and mating conditions are outside our control, we cannot guarantee successful introduction or mating.  Even under optimal conditions, one cannot expect perfect success.  

Please note: Virgin Queens are sometimes more difficult to introduce than mated Queens.  Allowing extra time before release from the cage is recommended.  

Please contact us with any questions or to check availability.

Customers are always welcome to pick-up from our location.  This saves shipping costs and stress on your Queens.  Arrangements must be made ahead of time.

Virgin Queen Costs: $20 each for 1-10

$18 each for 11-50

$15 each for 50-100

Call for pricing on orders more than 100

Shipping Details

Queens are only shipped on Monday and Tuesday if you choose USPS.  This is in order to minimize the risk of your package being delayed over the weekend.  Queens can be shipped Monday - Thursday if you choose UPS, since they guarantee next day delivery.  Saturday delivery is possible with UPS, but will incur additional charges by UPS.  It is the responsibility of the customer to plan your hives accordingly.  

It is possible for the weather to delay your order.  Temperatures in the high 60's are required to raise Queens.  We will communicate with you on any delays that we have so you can plan ahead for your hive situation.

UPS shipments are not insurable, but the risk is minimal.  Queens shipped by UPS are the sole responsibility of the buyer.  Replacement of Queens is subject to availability and is at the discretion of Muddy Bees LLC.  We will work with you on Queens that arrive dead, but it will be your responsibility to provide us with date and time stamped photos of your marked Queen.  

USPS shipments may be insured.  If your shipment is damaged or dead upon arrival due to shipping delays or mishandling, you can fill out a claim form at your local post office.  Replacement Queens, if available, must be paid in full prior to shipment.  

USPS will not guarantee delivery times on Priority Mail packages.

USPS will also not guarantee or issue refunds on Express Mail packages that are delivered within their normal guaranteed times.  They will only issue refunds of postage if Express Mail takes more than 3 days.  

Whichever shipping option you choose, please be aware that replacement Queens are subject to availability.  

We will not issue refunds for shipping unless the carrier (UPS or USPS) issues a refund per their policies.  

The price listed for shipping is the average quote from UPS guaranteed next day air from our location to various locations in the US.  Your shipping price may be higher or lower than this.  Please contact us for a more accurate shipping quote.  

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