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When You Pick Up Your Nuc

  1. I will call you or 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’
  2. We’ll agree on a day for you to come up and transfer the bees
  3. On that day, you’ll bring a full hive setup – 1 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.
  4. I’ll transfer the bees to your hive, swapping my frames for your frames, showing you the queen, the brood and the stores.
  5. You can either:
    1. strap up the hive right then and take it home, or
    2. 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.


2017 Prices
$150 with frame exchange (wax foundation only)
$170 with no frame exchange

9 comments to When You Pick Up Your Nuc

  • Gordon Lewis

    I am new to beekeeping and am in the process of getting ready to start a couple of hive in the spring. I see on your site that nucs can not be assured at this point.

    You seem to be my closest option in Richmond. I realize that I could mail order a package of bees and a queen. I remain uncertain the benefit of one versus the other. I do plan on attending a class in January, but it looks like I need to have my bee order in place prior to that.

    What is the likelyhood that you would have two nucs available? Also, about when in the year are the nucs available?


    Gordon Lewis

  • Hello Gordon,

    The best bees that you can get are local Nuc’s.

    As to my Nuc’s, my list still looks pretty good with regard to Deep Nuc’s (as of 12/1). But, if you’re looking for Medium Nuc’s, I have already filled up my list for those, so any orders for those go on a waiting list (no guarantee of a Nuc at all – it will just depend on how bad the Winter is and how good/bad the Spring is.)

    You would probably get your Nuc’s from me sometime in early May.


  • babette whitney


  • If you submitted a Nuc Request on the site, you’d go on the Waiting List. At this point, I do believe that I will deliver some to the folks on the Waiting List, but I do not know how deep I will go into it.

    I’ll know more in late April.

  • Jonathan Hamilton

    Good afternoon. I’m new to Richmond and looking for both nucs and hives supplies. I am hoping for a nuc for my home hive, and two additional complete hives and nucs – one for the nurisng home where I work – (we hope to have a hive in our back yard for residents to enjoy), and one for an employee who was a beekeeper in his native Egypt – he wants to start a hive in his backyard, and he’ll tend the hive here at the nursing home. Are you able to help with any of this, or to direct me elsewhere locally? Thank you!

  • Hello Jonathan,

    Yes, I provide Nucs and can direct you to a few places that sell the equipment. But, it’s a bit late in the year to be looking for a Nuc. You should go ahead and submit a request for a Nuc on the site ( http://richmondhoneybee.com/bees-sale/reserve-nuc ) and, if the season goes well, I may be able to fill an order or two for you.


  • Mike Camizzi


    I just started 2 hives and one swarmed immediately, so I am left with a queen in a cage (with the sugar plug still intact) and about 30 ‘loyal’ servants (Langstroth). I think I need a couple frames of bees/eggs ASAP before the queen is released/dies. Any ideas?

    My other hive (top bar) looks great thus far.

    Mike C.

  • Hey Mike,

    I would contact the folks that I purchased a package from. You pretty much need a Nucleus hive, but without the queen. I build and sell Nuc’s and they are in very high demand (my waiting list is a mile long).

    That said, if you regularly attend one of the local beekeeper meetings, you may be able to find someone who will give you some frames. I would definitely reach out to the membership to see if someone can help.

    For what it is worth, it sounds to me like your package had a queen already in it (which does happen – it’s hard for package manufacturers to guarantee that no queen gets shaken into the box). Bees definitely will not ‘swarm’ without a queen.

    good luck!

  • carroll keatts

    Please let me know if you have any bees , thank you

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