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.
Packages can be installed into any type of hive, while nucs are limited to deep boxes only.
To produce these nucs, we start with a package in April, with a new, mated feral queen, and 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.
Nucs come on 5 wooden frames built in Utah by Utah woodworkers using new, up-cycled wood leftover from a custom cabinet shop.
These come with a health certificate, upon request. They are guaranteed to be disease-free with a laying queen for 45 days. Please report any queen issues within 10 days.
We use sustainable methods, like genetics and oxallic acid, to control diseases and mites.
Nuc pickup will tentatively be April 18.
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