Hive Nucleus (Out of Stock)

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)


Nuc: A 5-frame starter colony with a queen. Compatible with *deep* hives only.

Comes on middle bar frames with queens from our feral bee project, which are a cross between Utah feral queens and California Italian and Carniolan drones.

Nuc pickup on May 19 in the evening. 6:00 pm transfer nucs, 9:00 pm (dusk) drive home with your bees.

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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.


2 reviews for Hive Nucleus (Out of Stock)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    I had a similar prelbom here in California. As soon as I put sugar syrup in the hive so they could overwinter the small black ants appeared in numbers. Some other google searches suggested vaseline lines, which does work, but you have to keep it fresh as the ants have a habit of sacrificing a few soldiers and walking over their bodies. Eventually I ordered boric acid online, mixed it with sugar water and placed it in a can with some black mosquito mesh over it to stop the bees from getting in. I placed these ant traps near the hives. The commercial traps that you buy didn’t seem to work at all. Anyway the home made traps really worked well, the ants were diverted to boric acid traps and left the hives alone, and then eventually they died off from feeding the boric acid to their young.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    We had much success with our nuc! It produced 60 pounds of honey, plus what they needed for winter. The classes were helpful and I wish there was more!

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