A nucleus colony (aka nuc) is small complete colony of honeybees. It contains 5 frames of drawn foundation which contains a laying queen, nurse bees, workers and drones. The frames have either brood ( eggs, larvae, sealed brood ), or have honey and pollen in them as part of the working colony. We raise our own queens which are from: Purdue Leg-chewer Carniolan, both are crossed with Pennsylvania survivor stock. Also, the 'Mite Mauler', which we call "Martha Carpenter Mite-maulers" an Italian style bees is available. Note: We open mate our queens, so they have mite biting behavior and pa survivor stock on the drone side.
2021 Nuc Orders.
COVID-19 has affected everything we do, including picking up bees. We are limiting the number of people at any given time, so please send a text message the day before- 724.967.1957.
Thanks for being understanding we are struggling with how to do this during unprecedented times. Bee safe!
April 30th, May 1, 2 is our target date this year for EARLY Nucs [ordered between Nov 2020 before Jan 1st 2021
May 7, 8 ,9 second round for pick up [ordered between Feb 1st to Feb 20th]
Orders received Feb 20 to April 1, should be ready by tentatively before May 22.
Depending on how cold or late Spring is, these dates may slide back about 2 weeks depending on queen mating weather.
When picking up, please bring a pick up if possible. Or we can supply you with a special box. There is a $10 box deposit.
For directions best to use Google maps, you MUST turn right just after railroad tracks; or you can't get there from here. 724.967.1957 c if lost.
For more details on the genetics refer to the work we did w/ the USDA SARE grant program (google "Pennsylvania queen bee improvement", or "Mite Biting Behavior", and facebook: Heartland Honey Bee Breeders Coop)
Queen are available after June 1. We prioritize nuc customers first, then sell the queens. Your order is placed in line based on your payment date, so "First in - First out" the door. You can pre-pay using the shopping cart below.
You can also make a deposit for your nucs using this website.
WE DO NOT SHIP NUCS. YOU HAVE TO PICK UP OR ARRANGE DELIVERY.