Betterbee packages contain three pounds of loose bees with feed, and a mated, marked queen in a separate queen cage. Watch this video to learn how to install a package of bees. A nuc (or nucleus) colony is an already thriving colony of bees with a mated, marked queen and five deep frames of honey, pollen, and brood. Choose from spring nucs made by our trusted producer in early spring, or overwintered nucs, which we make in Upstate New York in the summer of 2020; our overwintered nucs have a proven track record of surviving winter. Watch this video to learn how to install a 5 frame nuc of bees.
Pickups will be scheduled in April or May of 2021 depending on weather and availability. Please note: Bee packages and nucs are available for PICKUP ONLY at our location in Upstate NY. Betterbee does not ship packages or nucs.
Looking to requeen a hive, make a split, or prepare your own nucs? We offer mated queens, available mid-April through August, for shipment or pickup. Please check back for details on 2021 queens.
If you plan to start a new bee colony, you need a nuc or package. A queen cannot establish a new colony by herself.
Our locally raised northern queens are available starting in June. We provide young, vigorous, locally adapted queens that are well acclimated to our northern weather conditions. In our breeding programs, we focus on desirable traits as opposed to striving for a pure, specific breed of bee. We select bees for winter hardiness, disease resistance, temperament, and honey production. These queens are excellent for requeening a hive or preparing nucs.
We're sold out of bees for the season, but we plan to start taking orders for nucs and packages in mid-December 2021, and queens in February 2022. Check back with us then to order your bees!