Nuc is short for "Nucleus Hive" and is just a smaller version of a hive body (deep). A Ready-to-Go 5-Frame Nuc includes not only the woodenware, but also comes with 3 lbs. of bees installed so you can hit the ground running. Nucs are the standard size most beekeepers use because it provides you the best opportunities to create stronger bee colonies. A strong nuc can be used to help replenish weak hive populations or rear additional queens. 5-frame nuc boxes are small and compact making transportation easy.
The following items are included with the Ready-to-Go 5-Frame Nuc:
- 1 nuc top
- 1 nuc bottom
- 2 nuc long sides
- 2 nuc short sides
- 5 hive body frames
- 3 lbs. of bees
Installing a bee package can be a relatively easy process or you can use the old methods to make it much more complicated. See the video below for a tutorial we put together for one of our update letters that shows how to do it the easy way.
At this point in time, we are only able to provide local pickups or arranged drop-offs for the Ready-to-Go 5-Frame Nuc.
The reason we can't do any shipping currently is that most carriers will not ship live honey bees. Those that do are often not very careful which can kill the bees. Because of this, we have to bring in the bees from California ourselves and have had to adopt a local pickup or drop-off only policy until we can find a suitable alternative shipping solution that protects the bees.
For additional information on shipping and pickups, please Contact Us.