Overwintered nucleus colonies are an excellent method for Northern beekeepers to minimize their dependence on package bees. Streamline the supply of nucleus colonies for sale or to use the following spring. Colonies overwinter in 8 frames in a four frame over four frame configuration. The overwintered nucleus colonies we sell are raised in these boxes.
There are many advantages of overwintered nucleus colonies!
Availability in early spring of locally adapted queens and nucs for northern beekeepers.
Less concern about importation of Africanized bees and other pests not found in our local area.
Overwintered nucs and their queens are “proven” in that they have already survived a winter.
The beekeeper has resources in reserve to expand or replace winter losses.
Note: Frames, foundation and standard 10 frame outer cover are not included.