2020 Nucs

Nucleus Colonies for Sale

We are sold out of our 2020 nucs. Take care.

The pick up location is outside of Comer, Georgia which is about 20 minutes east of Athens. We do not ship nucs.

Nucleus colonies are evaluated in late winter through early spring to ensure they are healthy and productive. Queens raised for nucs come from our selected breeder stock and are selected for tolerance to mites and diseases, gentle disposition, longevity, and excellent brood and honey production. They are reared in summer and given one round of evaluations before winter sets in. Starting in the spring queens and the bees are evaluated several times and are removed from the program if they fail to meet our standards. We take great measures to sell you only a top notch, superior nucleus colony.

Starter/finishers, mating nucs, breeder and drone mother colonies (bees, wax, and wooden ware) have never been treated with coumaphos, fluvalinate, amitraz, fipronil, antibiotics, Fumagilin-B or any other chemical concoction. Commercial wax foundation is also never used, only un-waxed plastic foundation. Plastic foundation is either coated with wax collected from our colonies or sprayed with a thick sugar syrup prior to insertion into the hive. Colonies are never fed high fructose corn syrup, only cane sugar (sucrose) if needed. Management practices follow strict CNG (Certified Naturally Grown) codes of operation.

There are two ways we are selling our nucs for the Spring of 2020 and depending on the weather, nucs should be ready for pick-up in April. But they may be ready sooner, or later. The bees make that call, not us.
  1. Nuc included in a new, Amish made 8-frame assembled and painted cypress hive body, with lid, bottom board and 3 additional frames.
    8 Frame Cypress box
    We will guarantee the hive will have at least 5 drawn frames of bees, brood, honey and pollen, and an overwintered proven queen. The nuc will also include 3 additional wooden, undrawn frames with plastic foundation. However, if Mother Nature is being generous and the nectar flow is on, then the bees may have already started to draw out those frames as well. A bonus! There is no additional charge for that! Price for these 8 frame boxes with the bees is only $250. The beauty of this option is you do not need to order equipment, assemble, paint, and then transfer bees from a 5 frame box to your hive. They are all ready to be placed in your yard or garden and supered as the bees grow. Additional 8 frame painted deep Cypress supers (same as pictured) are also available for $30.
  2. Nuc included in a 5 frame gently used, assembled and painted cypress hive body, lid and bottom board.
    5 Frame gently used box
    We will guarantee the hive will have 5 drawn frames of bees, brood, honey and pollen, and an overwintered proven queen. These 5 frame boxes and bees are only $210. Additional 5 frame painted, deep, Cypress supers (same as pictured) are also available for $10.
In the past we offered to move frames of bees into our customer’s equipment. We can no longer provide this service. We understand some of you have already purchased equipment or boxes from us and don’t want to purchase more, which is why we are offering the wooden boxes which can be used as a super on pre-existing equipment. This may be an option that works for you.

Payment is due when you arrive to pick up your nuc(s). A non-refundable $50 deposit will be required to secure each nuc(s). Details will be given in future emails once you have placed an order. And of course, if we are unable to fill your order, deposits will be returned. We will help you to load bees, but there will be no time for internal inspections. We’ve already completed that the day prior to selling our bees to ensure there is a queen, 5 frames of drawn comb with brood, honey and pollen.

Disclaimer: For both early and later nucs, we will do our best to provide you with bees, however Mother Nature is in control. If the weather turns cold and rainy or worse, we may have to delay or even cancel orders. Honey bees are “livestock with wings” and their availability depends on environmental conditions. If this is a concern, you may want to find your bees from a different source. We are a small operation and put the health and wellbeing of our bees first.

This section is for those who will be taking their nuc(s) home. Even though we take numerous steps and measures, above and beyond, to ensure the health of our bees and queens, we do not (cannot) guarantee that your colony (nuc) will survive once it leaves our farm. There are just too many variables that are out of our control once the bees are picked up and taken into your possession. We also do not refund any money for bees that abscond, swarm, die or do not survive for whatever reason. Thank you and I hope you understand our position.

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