Nucs and Hives

Contact us for 5-frame nucs to install into your hive or for complete starter hives (with bees). We are inspected and licensed each year for bee and queen sales in Pennsylvania, and we are export certified for out of state bee sales. We also have starter hive kits, equipment kits, and protective gear to get you started in this adventure. Repeat customers receive a 5% discount on nucs.

Nuc and Starter Package Kits (2021)

5-frame Nuc**: $125-$170

5-frame nucs made from overwintered hives with a new, laying queen, with drawn frames including brood, resources, transport nuc box that you can keep. Subtract $10 if you bring your own box. Inspected by state and treated for mites prior to sale.

Early nucs with new, laying queens (weather dependent, early-mid-late April for 2022) are $170. These come with new, mated and laying, F1 VSH Carniolan or F1 VSH Italian queens.

May nucs with new, laying queens are $150. In 2022, we will have nucs in May and June with our own F1 VSH Carniolan queens (or choice of Italian queen by advanced request).

June nucs with new, laying queens are $135. In 2022, we will have nucs in May and June with our own F1 VSH Carniolan queens (or choice of Italian queen by advanced request).

July/August nucs with new, laying queens are $125.

Queen marking is $5 for 2021. In 2022, marking will be included.

“Starter” Hive with Nuc**: $275

Solid bottom board
One 8-frame (or 10-frame) deep hive body with wax-coated deep frames
One inner cover
One telescoping lid
Entrance reducer
5-frame “May/June” Nuc (April Nuc +$20)

“Starter” Hive Woodenware*: $140

Solid bottom board
One 8-frame (or 10-frame) deep hive body with wax-coated deep frames
One inner cover
One telescoping lid
Entrance reducer
[You paint/coat and add bees]

“Starter” Tool Kit: $50
Two hive tools (different styles)
Wax uncapping fork
Smoker with starter package of fuel
Bee brush and frame grabber
Varroa Mite Test Container

3 Layer, Vented Bee Jacket
Medium, Large, XL
$50

Goatskin Gloves
Child, Small, Medium, Large, XL
$20

“Starter” Deal: $385

Starter Hive Kit
Starter Tool Kit
3-layer jacket
Goatskin gloves
5-frame “May/June” Nuc (April nuc +$20)

Prep Upgrade: $30
With a 4 week lead time, we can:
Paint your hive with a double-coat of white paint, double-coat with an exterior oil, or double-coat with tung oil. By request, we will also dip your equipment in Eco Wood Treatment prior to the oil coats. This will be done a month prior to picking up your hive, so that the equipment is ready for bees. Simply take the equipment home and install the nuc in your newly prepared hive.

Add-a-box: $60
Add a second (or third) deep or medium (super) box with frames [You paint/coat]

*Note that due to wood and supplier issues this year (summer 2021), woodenware that I have available to sell is very limited…

**When you pick up your bees, you will be given your nuc to go through, if you wish to do so. If you are not happy with the nuc for any reason, please let us know before you leave. Unless you are purchasing a jacket or gloves from us, you should bring yours along, if you are going to inspect your nuc. Once you leave with the nuc, it is your responsibility to keep it alive, but we will send you with a sheet of tips and suggestions, and you are always welcome to contact us.

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