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.

Keep up to date on when to expect bees by going to our

Bee Day 2022 Delivery Information & Updates Page

  • Item Code: 2022KNUC
  • 199 USDPrice: $199.00
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Qty Price Ea.
1 - 4 $199.00
5 - 24 $194.00
25 + $179.00

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Sorry, these bees are sold out for this year.

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. Your nuc will consist of 5 deep frames, with a combination of brood, honey, and pollen and some space for expansion. Nuc may contain plastic and/or wood frames. Because brood are present and young bees emerging, nucs build up quickly 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 optional ventilated nuc bag will prevent any "stragglers" from escaping.

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 works best for your schedule and climate. We will contact you via email when we know the pickup date. Pickup is always available on a Saturday, but some nucs may be picked up on weekdays if ready early (select this option if interested). Once notified, you will need to come get your bees! If traveling or away during expected pickup time period, you will need to make alternate arrangements to pick up. Make sure your email is correct upon checkout so we can notify you.

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 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, 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 NY.
  4. Additional Orders: Need additional equipment when you pick up your bees? Placing an order a week prior to your pickup date ensures it's ready.
  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 & 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 NY.