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Nucs (starter beehives for sale)


Nucs/Starter Beehives are sold out for 2016!

Nucs (starter bee hives for sale) – Nucleus colonies are sold as 5 frame mediums. All nucs contain a northern raised queen less than a year old. Nucs are typically available in Late May or June, weather permitting. Please call for availability.

All nucs contain a northern raised queen less than a year old. Nucs are typically available in April/May or June, weather permitting. Please call for availability.

Typically beekeepers will start beekeeping,, or build up their apiaries with either package bees or nucleus colonies. Either option is less expensive and easier to transport than a mature bee hive.

Bee Packages are simply about 2 to 3 pounds of bees shaken into a screened box with a feeder for transport. Bee packages will contain a queen which is not necessarily a queen from those shaken bees.

Urban Honey Bee believes nucleus colonies are superior to the package bee option..

Some of the benefits a nucs have over package bees include:

1. Although rare, it sometimes happens that a package once installed on empty frames can abscond from the hive. Nucs are already established colonies.

2. The colony within a Nuc have less work to do as the comb is already built out and brood rearing has already begun.

3. There are more bees as well as a diverse population since the queen has been laying and producing brood since last fall.

4. The queen included with the Nuc has already been accepted into the nuc. Sometimes with package bees the queen is superseded.

5. Overall, you get a colony with a head start in the spring!

Give us a call, we would be happy to bee of assistance 330.608.3778



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