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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 have 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.
Our Queen Stock

VSH and the ”POL” ( Pollinator) Queen Line

The Varroa Sensitive Hygiene trait in honeybees was developed almost coincidently by John Harbo and Jeffrey Harris of the USDA-ARS lab in Baton Rouge, LA, and Dr. Marla Spivak at the University of Minnesota. As breeder queens became available, we obtained stock from Marla, Tom and Suki Glenn, and David Miksa of Groveland FL. 

 As part of an effort to develop “real world” strains or stock which exhibit VSH traits, the Baton Rouge lab now led by Robert Danka asked us to sort and provide queens from our highly stressed pollination group which exhibited these traits.

Evergreen Honey Company was a good fit for this project, because our proximity to Baton Rouge. We had our own lab to assess mite loads coupled with a breeding program which emphasized mite resistant traits.

Beginning in 2009, our manager Joe Sanroma, working closely with Robert Danka, following countless hours of sorting, began to select queens from pollination stressed hives with low mite counts and sent them to the lab at Baton Rouge for further testing. The resulting stocks currently maintained at Baton Rouge field station out yards are genetically traceable to the original Evergreen Honey stock submitted for trial, and are maintained treatment free to this day. 

With the passage of time we are seeing a strengthening of resistant traits in our bees in general which allows for less treatment with careful monitoring.  Since inception of the VSH POL LINE program, EHC has continued participation in a breeder exchange program coupled with honey production traits.  These factors result in the level of success we enjoy today.

Pick up Locations 

96 Dudley Rd.
Billerica, MA 01821
8763 Otto East Otto Rd.
Cattaraugus, NY
493 Sunset Hill Rd
Williston, VT 05495
1062 HWY 1176
Bunkie, LA 71322
1103 CM Davis Rd.
Jennings, LA