In 2014, I will have starter hives (Nucs) for sale for beekeepers in the central Virginia (I am just to the east of Richmond, Va) areas. Typically, demand is high so it is important to get on the list early – click here to submit a Nuc request. There is never enough supply to meet all of the demand.
What do you get?
I provide a healthy Nuc that is headed by a young, first year queen from one of my proven lines. You are absolutely going to get 2 to 3 frames of brood (all produced by the young queen) and at least a frame or two of resources. The Nuc you will get from me is going to be too big to live in a Nuc much longer. They need more room, which is when I call the folks on my list to come pick up their bees and put them in a full super.
The queen will be one of my mutts. I have a wide mixture of genetics and letÂ my queens mate in the wild. I don’t care much whether I have Russions or Italians. I only care that I have strong bees that do well in our area and in today’s adverse environmental conditions. I weed out the weak ones.
What do you need to bring when you pick up your bees?
Typically, you are going to need a 10-frame, deep super. I will swap the frames (usually 5) from my Nuc with the frames of foundation in your hive. If you do not bring 10 frames of wax foundation, I add $10 to the cost of the Nuc (and do not take any of your frames.)
What is the cost?
Prices will be posted around November of 2013. I do not require a down payment, as I always have orders for nearly twice the number that I can sell.
How do I get on the list?
I usually open up my Nuc list around November of the year before. When this happens, there is an order form on the site for you to fill out. Once I have orders for what I believe that I can conservatively fill, I open up the waiting list. Folks on the waiting list are contacted if I have a really good Nuc year or if some folks on the main list decide to drop out when Spring arrives.
What Happens Next?
Once March rolls around, I will start contacting folks on the Nuc list. You are most likely to hear from me in April, when the Nuc production goes into full swing, but a few will receive an email in March. When I contact you, you may have as many as four weeks from my call to when your Nuc will be ready for pick up, when I will contact you one last time.