Interested in raising your own bees and having the pleasure of harvesting your own honey while helping to keep the honey bee population thriving? The Birds and The Bees farm is now growing and selling their own Nucs!
There are two ways to obtain a honey-bee colony. Either by a package, or a Nuc. With a package, the bees are grabbed from an existing hive and the queen is often bred separately and not related to the hive. Because of this, you would need to wait for the queen and her workers to become acquainted and if all goes well, they will begin starting their colony, and in another 3-4 weeks you would start seeing an established and increasing hive.
A Nuc is perfect for the beginner bee-keeper. The main advantage of a Nuc is that since the colony is already established, you end up being about a month ahead for production, this is especially beneficial when you live somewhere that has a long cold season! A Nuc, or nucleus colony, is a small honeybee colony that is created from a larger colony. It is basically a small temporary hive within a box that is set up with a couple of frames. It comes with a queen bee and her worker bees who are acquainted and related since they came from a developed hive. Also, because the frames were pulled from an existing hive, the Nuc will already contain honey, pollen, eggs and larva!
Visit the contact page and send me a message if you are interested in your own Nuc!