Bee “Packages” are small portable cages that hold 2 or 3 pounds of worker bees with a queen. These come in April. Beekeepers pick up packages on a set date, transport them to their apiary to install them in the hive, and then return the cages for recycling.
2-pound packages are standard in the beekeeping industry, but many hobbyists prefer 3-pound packages because there are more worker bees to help the colony get started. After about 6 weeks, package hives are about equal in worker numbers.
Beekeepers usually need to feed packages honey or sugar syrup to prevent starvation.
Packages can be installed into any type of hive, while nucs are limited to deep, Langstroth boxes only.