Buy a Nucleus Colony

Status: Queens, nucs, and overwintered nucs sold out for 2021.

 February 2021 Update: Although we are sold out of nucs and queens for 2021, we can continue adding to our waiting list. Those who are added earlier will be higher on the list for 2022. Plus, if there are cancellations (or even ideal weather) it might be possible to provide you with a nuc this spring in 2021. Contact us if you would like to be added to our waiting list. We are looking at mite biting behavior and excited at some high levels we are seeing.

I suggest having your equipment assembled and painted for next spring before the weather gets cold in the fall.

The Process:

  1. Contact us at any time to reserve a nuc next spring
  2. Drop off your box by March 15.
  3. Wait for a call that your nuc is ready for pick-up (probably around late may or early June).

We sell on a first come first served basis, so we can put you on our waiting list at any time and let you know in March if we are able to supply you. Also feel free to contact me if you need an emergency queen in the summer and can pick it up on site or meet me at an event.

I do not rush my queen rearing in the early spring. I wait until drones are flying before I graft to ensure super-abundant drones, nectar and pollen, and to maximize the chances of warm weather for flight and mating. This mimics the natural swarm cycle when bees reproduce during optimum conditions for optimum queen performance. I also identify capped worker brood before delivering your nuc so that you do not end up with a drone layer.

Typically our customers assemble and paint their equipment and then drop it off at my house on (or any time before) March 15. Include a ratchet strap, include a way to close the entrance to your hive, and make sure the hive will have sufficient ventilation when closed. Put your name on your box and/or lid. This way I can install the nuc straight into your boxes.  Contact us to make arrangements and get directions.

The hive can be any size (10-frame, 8-frame, 5-frame) and should be in good condition. Depending on what size nuc you order you can subtract that number of frames from your box. For instance, if you are purchasing a 5-frame nuc and installing it into an 8-frame box, bring your box with 3 frames of foundation. Bring frames of foundation only, please no comb. I typically make up nucs with deep frames, but I can make a limited numbernwith IL medium frames if you specify. I install the split into your boxes and raise a queen for you from our own local survivor stock, then notify you to come pick them up when the queen is laying a good worker brood pattern and they are “ready to explode” – usually early June. Please pick them up promptly so they do not swarm. 🙂


For 2021 the price is $200 for a 5-frame nuc and $170 for a 4-frame nuc. Queens are $35 each. There is no price difference between deep and medium frames. All queens are marked automatically at no additional cost, however I can leave yours un-marked if you specify. If you would like to purchase them in a temporary (cardboard) nuc box rather than your own boxes it will be an additional $10. You can keep the box and this saves you a trip. Note: orders for these nucs in temporary boxes must be given to us by the end of February.

5-frame nuc in your box: $200
5-frame nuc in cardboard nuc box: $210
4-frame nuc with marked queen in your box: $170
4-frame nuc in cardboard nuc box: $180

Overwintered nucs:

Sometimes we may have overwintered nucs available – these are available earlier with potential to produce honey and additional splits the same year – it’s like you bought the hive last year without having to grow and overwinter it. These are likely available some time in April depending on the weather.

Overwintered 5-frame nuc in your box: $250. (Contact us about availability)
Overwintered 5-frame nuc in cardboard box: $260. (Contact us about availability)

Call right away if you need any. I am not into shipping nucs by conventional postal services, but if you or your group would like to order 10 or more nucs, I am willing to drive them a limited distance for an additional fee. We take calls or e-mails if you have any questions. Contact us here!

We have had very good reports from our customers so far. Of course we cannot guarantee any trait due to the natural open-mating of the queens. If you ever experience any problems with our service or products, please notify us first thing. We would like to do all we can to make you successful.

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