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: Ontario Buckfast or Purdue Leg-chewer Carniolan, both are crossed with Pennsylvania survivor stock. Also, some of the 'Mite Mauler', which we call Martha Carpenter Mite-maulers an Italian style bees is available. The Purdue Leg-chewer stock is of limited quantity, and early orders will be ready by May 15. We are producing in limited qty and second batch of late-May Nucs after Mothers Day.
YES! 2019 Nuc sales have started!
May 1st is our target date this year for EARLY Nucs, others after Mothers Day.
Orders before February 15 will be the first round for pick up at the end of April or Early May.
Orders received BEFORE April 1, should be ready by May 25.
Other later orders ready by June 15.
Depending on how cold or late Spring is, these dates may slide back about 2 weeks depending on queen mating weather.
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. YOU HAVE TO PICK UP OR ARRANGE DELIVERY.