Michael Palmer - French Hill Apiaries
I ordered, through Beesource Private Message, 3 queens from Mike. He sent them on Monday, July 20 and I received them the next day on Tuesday July 21. They were sent by USPS Priority Express and were delivered to my front door. He had Emailed me the day before shipping, and the day of shipping, to let me know they were coming.
The queens arrived and I made up nucs and introduced them that evening of arrival. The queens were large and in good shape, shipped with at least 7 attendants, and the queens were marked with no extra charge. I removed the attendants and introduced them in the 3 hole cages they were shipped in. Two days later on Thursday July 23 I released them and Three days later 2 of the three were laying well. I did not see eggs on the third but cells were polished and ready so I'm sure she started laying that day or the next, but I have not checked yet.
Of course I can not attest to the performance of the queens over time, but I had Very good service from Michael Palmer at French Hill Apiaries and very top notch looking queens. I recommend him to anyone looking to purchase queens.
20+ years, raise my own queens, feed when needed, I treat but have not perfected varroa management yet.