Nucleus Hive Order Form 2019


I have begun accepting orders for the 2019 Season.  

I am currently taking orders and deposits for these hives.  You can support local small scale sustainable beekeeping, diversified adaptive genetic stock and survivor queens by purchasing your nucleus from me and my collaborators.

The breeder queens are survivor stock Russian and New World Carniolan queens who have: overwintered successfully in the Northeast, demonstrate resistance to varroa infestation and receive no chemical treatments.

Reserve a 2019 nuc by using the payment button below.


Nuc Hive 2019

A Nucleus hive will be made of of 5 frames total. Each nuc will have a newly mated queen and 5 frames of young bees.


Questions and Answers about Nucleus Hives

What is a nucleus hive?

Nucs, or nucleus colonies, are small honey bee colonies created from larger colonies. The term refers both to the smaller size box and the colony of honeybees within it. The name is derived from the fact that a nuc hive is centered on a queen, the nucleus of the honey bee colony.

A Nucleus hive will be made of of 5 frames total, 2 frames of capped brood, 1 frame of open brood, 1 frames of food (honey and pollen) and a frame of drawn wax.  There will be a newly mated queen and 5 frames of bees.

These hives are ready to be placed in a 10 frame hive and grow into successful colonies.

How much does a nucleus hive cost?

Nucleus hives are $200.  You can get a rebate if you return the nucleus hive box to me during the 2019 beekeeping season.

This covers the cost of raising of bees on a small scale using sustainable apiary practices and the equipment necessary to build out and house your nuc.

No equipment trades will be considered for these hives.  With equipment trades we run the risk of spreading disease.  In addition they require an immense amount of coordination labor.  We do not accept equipment trades.

Why do I have to pay now?

I ask all customers to pay for nucleus hives when they order.  I do this because it costs money to create nucs.  Paying now helps me to absorb those costs while I’m raising new queens.

When customers pay up front, I know how many hives I can produce and sell successfully, which impacts how my business can sustain itself AND grow.

When and where will I receive my nuc?

All nucleus hive pick ups will occur on Saturdays in May 2019 at the apiary site at Yard Birds Farm.  Dates are TBD due to weather.  We want your nuc to be booming and ready to expand, and as such, we will not set pick up dates until late winter.  We appreciate your patience, and promise to be in clear communication throughout the process.

A map can be found here (click for map).


I have more questions.  How can I get more information? 

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