Nuc (pronounced “Nuke”) is short for hive nucleus. A nuc is a 5-frame starter colony of honeybees with a queen. The 5 deep frames contain worker bees, drawn comb, a laying queen, eggs, larvae, and sealed and emerging brood. Nucs do not include the beehive boxes.
We sell our nucs on 3 specified dates in May.
To produce nucs, we start with a package in April, then feed it and help it grow onto 5 frames. We use brand new frames. We inspect colonies for a thriving queen and weed out any colonies that fail to thrive. There is less risk as a new beekeeper for the colony to die in the spring.
Packages can be installed into any type of hive, while nucs are limited to deep boxes only.