I have a customer who wants 30 queen cells shipped to him. He's about 3 hours away one way and doesn't have time for a 6 hour trip. I can UPS them overnight in a rightway shipper but have never attempted this yet. For those who have shipped or received cells how were they packaged? Did they have attendant bees around them for temp control?
I planned on putting them in cell protectors stuck in shipping bars with foam on top to prevent movement. I also planned to add a cup of bees to keep them warm.
My cells normally start emerging Tue afternoon and go thru Wed morning. If I ship on Mon afternoon he will get them Tue morning and will get them in hive that afternoon. I often put my cells in the hive on Mon afternoon but handle them gently. Shipping will be a lot rougher.
Anybody with experience have opinions?