Papar, you must not know a whole lot about queen breeding or the breeding industry. When the weather turns freakishly cold and queen nucs get frozen out and die........When the weather is cold and wet, queens do not mate.........Thus suddenly there is a glut of cells that can not be used that would have replaced the mated queens that were to be caught from the nucs..Rain,you cannot shake packages to make up replacement nucs or grafting nucs......Breeder's operations revolve just like any other farm--around the weather. Mr. Russell went above and beyond as a professional to get you your queen bees. TK Alabama bee company-former package producer.
I ordered some queen ( NOT from Russel) last year for early June and did not get them till end of July. If I get my queens within a week or two of the PLANNED SHIP DATE Im impressed. Queen rearing is farming and there are many variables that affect the outcome. I ordered some queen this year from R. Russel after seeing many posts from him here. He has alway got back to me with answers to my questions. What worries me most is that he may decide playing with hobby or sideliners is not worth all the time he has to commit to petty b.s. He has to be one of the busiest people on earth.
I noticed someone posted they had brood waiting for queens to arrive. I would never make up a nuc until I am certain my queens have shipped and will arrive the next day.
Those who are getting there queens close to on time this year are lucky. I have nothing but push back, push back on queens, packages, and nucs.
Received queens this week from them. OUTSTANDING queens!! Nice, big healthy looking, ACTIVE queens. All the attendents alive and active. Really pleased with how they looked. Picked up English Buckfast and Carni. Can not wait to get the Sunkist. Highly recommend