Fall-2013 $120.00 each These nucs will have a locally raised, summer 2013, carniolan/italian queen, and marked; 3 frames brood, all stages, eggs, larvae, capped brood; 2 frames mixed, honey, pollen and some brood; provided in a cardboard nuc box ready to transport.
Spring-2013 Late February - March(SOLD OUT) $130.00 April(SOLD OUT) $115.00 Early spring nucs are "overwintered" nucs with a locally raised, summer 2012, carniolan/italian queen, and marked; 2 frames with brood, all stages, eggs, larvae, capped brood; 3 frames with honey, pollen, and empty space for the queen to lay eggs ins; provided in a cardboard nuc box ready to transport. May - July(SOLD OUT) $100.00 These nucs will have a locally raised, spring 2013, carniolan/italian queen, and marked; 3 frames brood, all stages, eggs, larvae, capped brood; 2 frames mixed, honey, pollen and some brood; provided in a cardboard nuc box ready to transport.
WHAT IS AN "OVERWINTERED" NUC? 1. These nucs were started during the spring and summer of the previous year. 2. They have stood the "Test of Time" by surviving their first winter. 3. Experienced beekeepers know that overwintered beehives outperform those that are newly started.
ADVANTAGES TO USING OUR NUCS 1. Unlike package bees, our nucs are already a working beehive that is expanding quickly with the spring season as the queen's brood is continously emerging and providing more bees. 2. With package bees, there is a three week wait until the queen's first laid eggs grow into adult bees. During that time, the package bees dwindle with no replacement bees. 3. Studies have shown that the queens supplied with package bees are often soon replaced after installation. This causes a further set back for your new beehive. Furthermore, package bee queens are not always accepted by the bees. This means that YOU get to buy another replacement queen. 4. Our nucs have queens that have survived the previous winter and should be considered, "Tested." This means no queen problems for you. 5. Our nucs are competitively priced when you add the shipping cost to the price of package bees. 6. THE BOTTOM LINE IS: NO ONE SUPPLIES NUCS WITH LOCALLY RAISED BEES AND QUEENS AS EARLY AS "MISSOURI BEES"!!!!!!!!
Note: Nucs are pickup only, Farmington, MO., and Dexter, MO.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR NUC PICKUP 1. Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call me (573-421-5886) one week prior to pickup. Weather permitting, a date and time for pickup will be finalized. Normally, the Farmington location is available for nuc pickup on the weekends only. The Dexter location is available for nuc pickup Monday-Saturday. 2. Please bring full payment in greenback dollars. I give a receipt with each transaction. 3. Bring your personal protection gear and a bee smoker in case of a mishap while moving the bees. 4. Provide a means to keep the nuc(s) from sliding around in the back of a pickup. If using a car, bring netting to enclose the nuc in case of bees getting loose. We try to exercise every precaution to make your journey home a positive "bee experience."
INSTRUCTIONS FOR NUC INSTALLATION 1. When you arrive at your location for the nuc installation, place the nuc next to the hive you will be installing it into. Your hive location MUST be the permanent location for the hive. 2. Light your smoker and put on your bee veil. 3. Lightly smoke the bees at the screened entrance. 4. As you continue to smoke the entrance, remove the screen and tape so that the bees can fly. 5. Take a break and allow the bees to fly so that they can locate their new location. Your bees will be calm and ready to transfer within an hour or two, if it is still daylight. 6. As you are waiting, remove the top cover of the beehive and remove the frames to a nearby location. 7. After allowing the bees to calm down, slowly remove the lid of the nuc box as you smoke the bees. 8. Slowly remove an outside frame and place near the center of your open beehive. 9. As you smoke the bees lightly, remove and transfer the rest of your frames into your beehive. Be sure to keep your frames in the same order when placing them into your beehive. 10. When you finish with transferring the frames of bees, fill the remaining empty space in the beehive with the frames that were previously removed in Step 6. 11. SPECIAL NOTE: Be sure to look inside the empty nuc box for your queen. The queen is marked with a dot of colored paint on her back for easy identification. The dot color has been written on the outside of the nuc box. If you see her, turn the box upside down and shake her into your beehive, along with the rest of the bees, onto the top of the frames. 12. Put the cover back onto the beehive and fill your feeder with sugar syrup. 13. Your bees will require at least one (1) quart jar of syrup per day. 14. Feed your bees until the new frames are drawn out into combs. 15. ENJOY YOUR BEES!!! YOU ARE A BEEKEEPER NOW AND NO LONGER THE SAME PERSON YOU ONCE WERE!!!