$145 with wax foundation/wooden frame exchange
$150 with plastic frame/plastic foundation exchange
$160 with no frame exchange
When your turn comes up on the Nuc List, I will call/email you once I believe the Nuc is strong and ready to ‘explode’ – it will have passed all of my tests and should have a lot of baby bees getting ready to ‘hatch’. In perfect years, this happens in early April, but the average year puts Nucs available in late-April and May.
You will effectively bring a bare-bones hive setup (no honey supers, just brood chamber, bottom, top and entrance reducer) and I will transfer the bees into your hive.
You have two options when it comes to picking up your Nucs:
If you plan to be there during the transfer, we’ll agree on a day for you to come up and transfer the bees. Typically, this time of the season is very busy for me, so I normally can only do it on Sunday evenings.
What to bring: On pick-up day, you’ll bring a full hive setup – 1 (you just need one on this day) Deep body (or Medium body, if you are getting a Medium Nuc), 10 frames (8 if you use an 8-frame setup), 1 bottom board, 1 inner cover and 1 hive cover (optional – entrance reducer). You should also bring up a ratchet strap that we can tie the hive together with.
Each frame that you bring should have foundation in it – per the prices above, I offer discounts to folks with wax foundation (that’s my preferred foundation – a personal preference.)
I’ll transfer the bees to your hive, swapping my frames for your frames, showing you the (marked) queen, the brood and the stores.
You may either:
- strap up the hive right then and take it home,
- or come by after dark, either on that day or any day afterwards, and strap the bees up and take them. I recommend this option, as it lets all of the foragers come back home and you get all of the bees.
If you can’t come get them on a day that I can do it, you can drop off your setup (see above, ‘what to bring’) and I’ll let you know once I have transferred bees into it (you may come pick it up most any evening after that.)