June 28, 2015 update - We have a limited amount of 5 frame nuc hives for sale. The hives are full and thriving and have done very well this spring and summer, thus the reason we have extra available. $220 each.
The nucs come in a coraplast nuc box with fives frames of bees, brood, honey and pollen. One frame will be new or partially drawn foundation, to give the bees rooms to expand. The queens are either fall 2014 or spring 2015 queens.
Next years hives: We will open up our waiting list for bees and nucs for spring 2016 on December 1st. Our waiting list fills up within two weeks, so be sure to contact us as soon as Dec. 1st rolls around. Sorry, we don't begin a waiting list for the next spring until Dec. 1st of the previous year.
Full size hives - consist of one ten frame deep hive body loaded with bees and brood, plus an empty medium super on top.
5 frame nuc hives - consist of 5 frames of bees and brood, placed into a temporary coraplast nuc box that is easy to transport. The bees will need to be transferred to a permant hive right away. There will be no frame exchange; all bees will be available for pickup in their own temporary box. Sorry, we do not ship nuc bee hives.
We sell strong bees with excellent brood patterns. What's important about a brood pattern? The ideal brood pattern is one that is solid. If the queen is not laying in every cell and the brood pattern is spotty, it's a sign that something is not right. There could be disease or the queen could be failing. We strive to raise queens that are prolific layers with good brood patterns, because it's an excellent indication to how the hive will do.