Nucs are used to start new bee hive colonies, increase apiary size, or to replace winter losses. FOUR frame nucleus (nuc) colonies include; three frames of brood (open and capped), one mated laying queen, and roughly 5000 honey bees (workers and drones). The fourth frame is a feed frame with pollen, nectar, and/ or capped honey.
Nuc's are housed in a reusable boxes for transport, and inspected by our Regional Bee Inspector with an inspection report and permit to sell our stock included with your purchase.
It's always best to reserve early, and ensure availability. Availability becomes increasingly difficult from March until May as beekeepers take reservations months in advance as part of their honey bee stock production planning.
We offer two main payment options; Full Payment, or a 50% deposit (with the balance due at the time of pick up, or anytime before). Nuc boxes are included in the full price of each nuc, and are not expected to be returned for a refund.
We also offer three pick up locations in 2023; Armstrong BC, Revelstoke BC, and Castlegar BC. Pick up details and directions to our pick up locations with a map are mailed out 1 week prior to being available.
Pick up dates. We aim to have pick up in Armstrong BC for the May 21/22nd 2023 weekend, and Revelstoke BC/ Castelgar BC for the May 27/28th 2023 weekend. Please understand that these are expected dates, however each year's spring weather can significantly influence mating weather, which in turn can affect which weekend nucs are available for pick up. We appreciate customers may come from great distances, and will advise/ confirm pick up as soon as possible.
Come prepared to handle live bees with appropriate protective equipment, and a transport plan that will provide adequate ventilation during transport.
It's best to plan an early morning or late evening pick up to ensure foragers are home.
The ideal transport is in the back of a pick up truck, however bees can be transported in a vehicle while adequately secured against movement.
This is a live animal product, made to order in high demand. A restocking fee of $50 each will be charged for cancelled orders before May 1st 2023. Orders cancelled after May 1st 2023 will receive a store credit for the amount paid.
We do not accept responsibility for bees that over heat once they leave our care.
Any issues must be brought to our attention within 48 hours of receiving your bees.
It is recommended that you plan to feed your bees for 1-2 weeks following pick up.
If you have any questions about our nucs, our stock, and/ or best practices, please do not hesitate to connect with us by chat (bottom right of your screen), Asking a Question (field below this one), or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org