NUCs & Queens

There are multiple options for replacing or adding colonies into your apiary, we can help meet your needs with queens and Nucs from locally raised bees.

 

 
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QUEENS

Our Queens are generated the natural way by a non-grafting technique in which the bees select the eggs that will evolve into queens rather than by the human selection technique of grafting.

 Our queens are Italian and are ready for sale by late June through mid August  

We have available for sale:

  • Queen Cell
  • Virgin Queens
  • Mated Queens
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NUCs (Queen, small honeybee colony and small box with 5 frames)

NUCs, or nucleus colonies, are small honey bee colonies created from larger colonies. The term refers both to the smaller size box and the colony of honeybees within it. The name is derived from the fact that a nuc hive is centered on a queen, who is the nucleus of the honey bee colony.

As part of our sustainable apiary management practices we develop NUCs and make them available for purchase to:

  • Replace hives that did not survive the winter
  • Provide builder brood for weak hives
  • For queen production

We sell our NUCs starting in late spring (sales are from early June through to Mid August or until we are sold out). These are five frame NUCs, the box is 21" x 10" x 9" (half the size of a normal hive) and we offer the choice of:

  • Cardboard NUCs that are temporary and used for transporting bees to your own hives. (Included in cost of NUC)
  • Wooden NUCs that are incorporated into your own apiary (Wooden NUCs are available for an additional cost)