Nucleus hives, or nucs, are fully established, self-supporting small hives consisting of five frames. Nucs are a good way to establish new full-sized hives. One of the major benefits of nucs over packaged bees is that nucs already contain a laying queen and are an established colony. They don’t take the amount of time to get going that package bees do. Nucs are transported in wooden or cardboard boxes made specially for the purpose. Because they are functioning colonies in frames with comb already drawn, nucs are usually a little more expensive than package bees.
Advantages of nucs are:
- Local bees are acclimated to the area
- Quicker to establish than package bees
- Contains bees of all ages, brood and eggs
- No queen release required
- A nuc is a functioning hive ready to go to work for you
Be sure to inquire about the size of frames in the nucleus hive before you purchase. Many beekeepers use medium hive bodies but many of the beekeepers who sell nucleus hives offer only deep frames. The deep frames will not work in a medium hive bodies.
Michigan nucs are generally available in late May and early June, giving the hives time to build up and produce queen cells. Package bees are available a month earlier. The results are generally about the same. Nucleus hives, being established colonies with a laying queen, eggs and larvae, will generally build up faster than hives populated with packages.
Below is a list of reputable resources we’ve compiled. This is in no way a complete list of bee suppliers. You might also reference the Northern Bee Network site for a list of suppliers.
Bee Snug, Honey & Hive (Kalamazoo, MI) – Early Spring 2016, Nucleus Hives from Pittsburg via Florida. 5 Frame Deep Nucs for Pick-up in Early April with an option to by a discounted local, survivor stock queen later in the season. $165. Check out our flyer. Order on On-Line. Phone 269-330-2305, Email: email@example.com, Website: beesnug.com (under construction), Facebook: Bee Snug Honey
Alamo Honey Farms (Kalamazoo, MI) Michigan raised queen and nucs; Phone: (269) 998-7690
Beeline Apiaries & Woodenware (Mendon) Phone 269-496-7001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Cerven (Allegan, Michigan) Nucs available in June and August every year. Phone: 269-355-3814 Email: email@example.com
Kazoo Queen Bees- Dr. Larry Connor (Galesburg, MI) Please contact:
Craig Fuller | (269) 665 9857 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg Willis | (269) 760 9979 | Email: Willis.email@example.com
Mel Disselkoen (Wyoming, MI) Phone 616-241-3235
Doug Grooters (Jenison, MI) email: Doug.Grooters@kentcountymi.gov Phone 616- 616-291-9521
Danny Slabaugh (Nappanee, IN) Cell phone: 574-315-5586 Home: 574-773-2345
Earl and Carol Hoffman, EAS Master Beekeepers Essential Honey Bees LLC (Ceresco, MI) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (269) 727-0707
Jan Lawson (Battle Creek, MI) Phone: 269-275-6997 Email: email@example.com
Honey Hive Farms (Missouri) “Raising exceptional bees for exceptional honey for our community”
Bob Baughman Nucs are available in deep frames. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wayne Kramer, Richland, Michigan
Email: MIHoney@hughes.net Phone: 268 383-8411
All bees are from Wayne’s hives that have overwintered here in Michigan and do not leave Kalamazoo county. Queens are all raised in Michigan and are mostly Carniolan. 5 frame Deep Nucs for $150. Deep nucs are provided in a cardboard Nuc box for transportation.
David or Nancy Berkley
(269) 841-2436 or (269) 532-5663
5-frame Deep Nucs / Ready for Pick-up 1st week of May
$150.00 your box or $160.00 in a cardboard Nuc box