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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Westchester NY
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    Default Big Island Queens

    Hello,

    I just wanted to know if anyone here has any experience with Carniolan Queens from Big island Queens in Hawaii. I placed an order for 10 queens all the way back in the first week of January for 10 Carni queens from Olivarez in California.

    I called today to check in and they said they would still honor the order but the queens would come from Hawaii to me in New York in TWO DAYS (which I know they are getting slammed on the shipping for but credit to them are not passing the costs to me)

    Apparently Olivarez has purchased this queen producer in Hawaii

    http://www.ohbees.com/BIQ.php

    Does anyone here have any experience with Big island queens or queens from Hawaii in general? I really am not a fan of non localized queens, especially from a tropical locale as I am in the frozen northeast, but I need these early to make some spring splits that hopefully will make some honey this year.

    Thanks for any input.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Mahopac, NY
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    150

    Default Re: Big Island Queens

    I'm sure it's too late, and you've already gotten your queens....
    I ordered from them last year. The queen was actually shipped from California. I paid for overnight shipping, which cost more than the queen! They were very nice to deal with, and helpful in the face of my urgency to get a queen in April.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Stockton, Cali
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    8

    Default Re: Big Island Queens

    If anyone is still interested, I ordered two Italian queens from Olivarez in early April and they said the queens were coming from Hawaii (BIQ). I got them exactly on time, they were in perfect condition, and were accepted quickly, and are now doing great. At this point, two months in, I am a happy customer. Total cost including shipping to CA was $90.

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