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Nucleus hives, or nucs, are small 5 frame colonies made by dividing existing colonies in the early spring. Each nuc is given a queen and the colonies are allowed to establish themselves. When you receive your nuc, it will consist of 5 frames with a combination of honey brood and pollen, as well as some space for the bees to expand into. Because brood hatching and young bees are emerging, nucs build up more quickly than packages and need to be transferred to full-size colonies immediately. They will usually be ready for a second brood box within a few weeks of installation. Nucs should be fed until all frames in the first and second brood chamber are drawn out.

While the hives that we make the nucs from have been treated for mites in the early spring, we do recommend to treat your nucs until it is time to supper the colonies.

Nucs will be ready for pick up around mid-April through early May but are subject to change due to inconsistencies in spring weather. Preference is first come, first served. We will contact you via email or text when we know the pickup date. If you cannot pick up your nuc, your spot will be given to the next in line.

Please make sure your contact information is correct upon check out so we can notify you when we know the pickup day.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Nuc orders are not refundable.
  2. Once the nuc is picked up from us, it is your responsibility to keep them cool, ventilated and to install and care for them.
  3. All sales are final and the future performance of the colony or its queen is the sole responsibility of the customer.

Please Note: We are unable to ship nucs. Price includes the non-returnable wooden nuc box.

Additional information

Frame size

Deep, Medium