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    In Ardnamurchan we'll be rearing Amm queens (Colonsay stock) this year, all being well. I've no idea of the demand for these and we'll probably have more than are needed for local beekeepers. If you are interested, please let me know, no promises.

    And what do folk regard as a reasonable price, marked and a wing clipped if wanted?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kate Atchley View Post
    In Ardnamurchan we'll be rearing Amm queens (Colonsay stock) this year, all being well. I've no idea of the demand for these and we'll probably have more than are needed for local beekeepers. If you are interested, please let me know, no promises.

    And what do folk regard as a reasonable price, marked and a wing clipped if wanted?
    Huge amount of work, specialised product, reliable Scottish provenance .... don't undersell them!

    I seem to remember Amm queens going at 80 few years back.

    Paynes are selling 'as near as we can Amm' for 40.

    British raised Buckfast queens from breeders imported from Denmark are sold at 40. But that is from someone in central southern England with a good climate for queen mating and the economies of the scale at which he works (1500 to 2000 pa).

    There is a good source of Irish Amm selling at 35-40 depending on marking and clipping, but again he's selling too cheaply .

    I don't know what Andrew charges but I would take that as a guide.

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    I remember someone asking a similar question on a Q rearing course I attended.
    The answer was that if it is your first year then give them away as they may not be very good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gavin View Post
    I don't know what Andrew charges but I would take that as a guide.
    Andrew supplies relative small numbers of queens per year. I doubt he sells more than 100, possibly a few more but certainly not hundreds more than that.
    His bees have been sampled over and over as part of various projects so you know for sure you are getting Amm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Comb View Post
    I remember someone asking a similar question on a Q rearing course I attended.
    The answer was that if it is your first year then give them away as they may not be very good!
    Not new to queen rearing but up till now been breeding with our local bees. Question was more about interest in and value of Amm queens.

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    There is huge demand Kate in spite of what some will tell you.
    You will get plenty of takers at 35 + per queen.

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    At 45 this reluctant seller still gets inundated at certain times.

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    Excellent! Now we're getting near what they're worth . I'll be a reluctant seller too then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gavin View Post
    Excellent! Now we're getting near what they're worth . I'll be a reluctant seller too then.
    Hi Gavin
    You and Kate might be interested in this sales model
    http://www.abelo.co.uk/product-categ...es-and-queens/
    It might suit

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Drone Ranger View Post
    Hi Gavin
    You and Kate might be interested in this sales model
    http://www.abelo.co.uk/product-categ...es-and-queens/
    It might suit
    Hummm ... interesting model indeed ... but I guess most folk will want their queens mated as they don't have Amm drones to mate with them. Thinking of opting for 40.

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