Spring Nucleus Colony

A nuc is small colony of bees with a laying queen and brood, ready to expand into a full sized hive.

Important: Please read terms and conditions in the item description below. Nucs are for pickup only in Greenwich, NY. All bees must be placed on their own order and cannot be combined with merchandise.
  • Item Code: 2020KNUC
  • 193 USDPrice: $193.00
Buy More and Save:
Qty Price Ea.
1 - 4 $193.00
5 - 24 $188.00
25 + $173.00

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Nucleus hives, or nucs, are made by dividing existing colonies in the early spring. Each nuc is given a queen and given time to establish themselves. We work with a trusted nuc producer in SC to bring spring nucs to you. When you receive your nuc it will consist of a 5 deep frames with a combination of brood, honey, and pollen and some space for expansion. Because there is brood present and young bees emerging, nucs build up more quickly than packages and need to be transferred to full size equipment immediately. They will be ready for a second brood box within a few weeks of installation. Note: this year, all nucs have a marked queen.

Click here for more info on installing a nuc. At pickup we close the nuc entrance and brush off remaining bees, but some customers want extra assurance no bees will escape. A ventilated nuc bag will prevent any “stragglers” from escaping during transport.

Tentative pickup dates are mid April through early May, but are subject to change due to inconsistencies in spring weather. There are three time periods to choose from; choose the date that will work best for your schedule and climate. Date preference is first come, first served. We will contact you via email when we know the pickup date. Pickup days are on Saturdays, however some nucs may be picked up during weekdays as well if ready early (select this opton to be notified). Please make sure your email is correct upon check out so we can notify you when we know the pickup day.

Web order instructions: Please order your bees on a stand-alone order, without any other merchandise. During checkout, select "Pickup at Betterbee" option on the Address page. On the final checkout page, select "Pick up on Nuc Pickup Day" as the "shipping" method. If you would also like to order some supplies for pickup on bee pickup day, place a second order and select the same pickup options, which will tell us to have your merchandise ready that day.

1. Ordering: All package and nuc orders are invoiced separately from equipment orders. We usually sell out of both nucs and packages, typically by the end of February. Order early!
2. Payment: Full Payment is due when your order is placed. Cancellations: Bee orders cancelled before March 31st will be refunded the purchase price minus a $20 fee per package or nuc. If canceling after March 31st, then no refund will be made UNLESS we can resell the package or nuc.
3. Returns & Refunds: There are no returns or refunds once the customer accepts the bee package or nuc at our store in New York.
4. Additional Orders: Need additional equipment when you pick up your bees? Placing an order a week or so prior to your pick up date ensures it's ready for you when you get here!
5. Preparation: Build and paint your hives ahead of getting your bees, as you will need to install the bees in their new home the day you get them. Don’t wait!
6. More Preparation: Plan to pick up early in the day, and make sure we have your current contact info in case we need to get in touch!

Terms and Conditions
1. The customer understands and acknowledges that bees and nucs are living creatures and are perishable. Betterbee will not be responsible or liable for loss of bees or nucs due to overheating once they are received by the customer. It is the responsibility and duty of the customer to ensure that packages and nucs are kept cool and out of direct sun until they are installed in hives.
2. Bee orders cancelled before March 31st will be refunded the purchase price minus a $20 fee per package or nuc. If cancelled after March 31st, then no refund will be made UNLESS we can resell the package or nuc.
3. Returns & Refunds: There are no returns or refunds once the customer accepts the bee package or nuc at our store in New York.

Please Note: We are unable to ship nucs.