Treatment-Free Hive Nucleus (Sold out for 2018)

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 wooden frames with new queens, started from a package in April. Queens are from our feral bee project, and are a cross between Utah feral queens and California Italian and Carniolan drones.

Nuc pickup on May 18, 2018 in the evening. 6:00 pm transfer nucs, 9:00 pm (dusk) drive home with your bees. Location TBA in Utah County.

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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.

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 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.

Trying to decide between a commercial nuc and a treatment-free nuc? Check out THIS POST for more details.

2 reviews for Treatment-Free Hive Nucleus (Sold out for 2018)

  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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