Honey Bee Nucs for Sale from Bee Wilde Bee & Honey Farm
Here at Bee Wilde Bee & Honey Bee Farm, we believe that Honey Bee Nucs provide the greatest chance for the earliest success in starting a honey bee colony that can begin producing honey earlier than package bees. Like everything else at Bee Wilde, we control the process of everything and every component of what we sell. This is the only way we know to assure that the same care is taken in all components of our Honey Bee Nucs.
Reusable NUC Box
Bee Wilde Bee & Honey Farm has been using the Jester EZ Nuc Box for years. They are no deposit/no return, just pick up your nuc and go. Features include: Inexpensive enough for one time use but durable enough to last for years; Stronger than cardboard nuc boxes; Bees can not chew through the box like they do on cardboard; More ventilation than cardboard nucs; 3/4″ space above and below frames for feeding, medications, queen cages; Handholds for easy carrying; Easy open/close entrance.
What is a Nuc?
A “nuc” is short for “nucleus colony”. This is a colony of honey bees that, in comparison to a larger production hive, is relatively small. Although these bees are just getting started, they are already doing everything that a full production colony does. They have some honey, pollen, baby bees in various stages of development and a queen that is an egg laying machine ready to bring that small colony up to a full scale production colony that will ultimately contain between 50,000 – 60,000 bees. If conditions are favorable, this can be accomplished in just a few months.
What are Package Bees?
Package bees have been compared to Ellis Island. They are like a bunch of immigrants (bees) from different lands (hives) being thrown together, given a queen who’s not their mother, and told to build a city. While they will do it, it’s not the best way to start. A caged queen will take several days after she is released to resume laying. Her eggs won’t hatch for 21 days and it will be another two weeks before newly born bees mature into foragers. Do the math. This means that is will be six weeks before any new bees bring forage. By then nearly all of the original bees in the package will be dead as the average lifespan of a worker is only six weeks.
Package Bees vs Nucs: How Do You Choose?
We are often asked about the difference starting a honey bee colony with Package Bees vs Nucs. Since both nucs and package bees have an equivalent number of bees and a queen, other than the purchase price, it’s not apparent why an established nucleus colony is better than package bees.
Obviously, you can see that we sell only the Honey Bee Nucs, not the Package Bees, so you can see what side of the argument we come down on. To see why we’ve made this choice, read our article Package Bees vs Nucs.