96 Dudley Road,

Billerica, MA 01821
978.667.5380

SPRING 2019 NUCS

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In 2005 we began to produce and sell large quantities of nucs for sale to sideline and hobby beekeepers in the northeast. Having experience in buying and installing large numbers of package bees, we knew about the limitations of package bees and were aware critical timing events associated with shaking packages and baby nuc set up for bred queen production.

The growing demand for package bees was evidenced by delivery times which stretched into mid and late June in many areas. Creating nucs is a natural extension of of raising bees for honey production or pollination. Our goal from the beginning was to produce a high quality product. We produce our nucs in wooden boxes with a full sized hive entrance so we maximize bee population without danger of overheating. We use a feeding system similar to what we use on our full sized hive, so each nuc receives the same amount of feed. We also provide our customers with the same VSH/ BREEDER stock that we use to produce over 50,000 queens for honey production and pollination each year.
For 2020 we expect to over 10,000 for sale nucs available making us one of the largest for sale nuc providers in the nation. We offer a 6 frame nuc which offers the potential for splitting under certain conditions. They also offers a faster growth curve than 5 framers after installation, resulting in more honey production and stronger pollination hives!

Basic Beekeeping with Nucs

There are several options for replacing or adding colonies into your apiary whether you have one or one-thousand hives. Packaged bees have always been a popular method for replacement or expansion. However, they sometimes pose supercedure issues due to the fact that you are combining a young mated queen with unrelated loose bees in an empty hive with pheromones (odors) unfamiliar to all. Often with new beekeepers, the bees are put into new equipment with undrawn combs. It is easier for bees to adapt to introduction onto comb that is already drawn and ready for the queen to lay eggs.

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