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Item # NUC2
List Price: $178.50
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Nucleus hives or nucs are small 5 frame colonies made up by dividing existing colonies in the early spring. Each nuc is given a Carniolan queen and the colonies are allowed to establish themselves. When you receive your nuc it will generally consist of a frame of honey, 3 frames of brood with some honey and pollen, and one frame of foundation being drawn out as an area for the colony to expand into . Because there is brood hatching and young bees being born, nucs build up more quickly than packages and need to be transferred to full size colonies immediately.They will usually be ready for a second brood box within a few weeks of installation. Nucs should be fed until all frames in the first brood chamber are drawn out. Please note that if drawn frames are used instead of foundation they will be filled very quickly. The colony will need a super sooner if drawn comb is used.
Terms: Only via Credit Card (online), Check, Money Order, Cash At the time of ordering we will ask for the best method(s) to contact you to pick up your nuc. When nucs are ready, we will use that information to contact you. If we are not able to reach you we will have to contact the next available customer. This simply means that we will contact you when the next group is available. Please, orders for Nucleus Hives must be separate from all other merchandise orders.
Cancellations: $20 fee for cancellations
Timeframe: Nucs should be available in May. Depending on weather nucs might be available as early as late April or as late as early June. Our goal is to provide nucs that are building up rapidly but are not so strong that they are preparing to swarm. We will contact you about scheduling a pickup when the colonies are ready for release to you.
Are there alternatives to nucs? Packages are another alternative to start or expand your apiary, Betterbee will also be selling packages this year.
Please find more information on Packaged Bees here
Recommendations: 1. Be sure your beehive is assembled and painted and ready for your bees BEFORE your pickup day. You should also have the hive location selected and prepared in advance. 2. A Nucleus colony generates significant amounts of heat. The top of the nuc will be covered with screen so that if the day is hot the cover can be left off the nuc during transport and the bees will be able to keep cool. The bees can easily die if left in direct sun or an unventilated area. DO NOT transport in the trunk, in the direct sun, or in other unventilated area. 3. Bring protective clothing (veil, gloves, etc) depending on your level of comfort with the bees. 4. Feeding the new colony is essential. Plan to continue feeding until the colony is well established, there is brood in all stages, and all frames in the bottom super are drawn.