We produce and sell starter bee colonies called “Nucs” (short for nucleus hive) using our own queens developed from survivor strains adapted to Central New York’s long cold winters with genetics for gentleness, surplus honey production and disease /parasite resistance due to being raised in a chemical-free environment.
For 2019 we have partnered with Ray Lowe at Hiwire Honeybees to meet supply demands. 2019 prices are currently $150 each at time of pickup in Lafayette, NY (Syracuse area). Each Nuc comes with one of our Northern bred queens of Carniolan lineage and because we produce them ourselves, rather than making nucs with purchased queens shipped from the South, our Nucs are not available until late May or early June.
Each nuc comes with five medium frames consisting of a queen, 2-3 frames of eggs/brood plus frames of pollen and honey. We supply the bees and frames, you are responsible for the remaining equipment (hive body, bottom board and cover. Check out our Starter Guide under Beekeeping Resources). If borrowing a plastic nuc box for transport home there is a $25 deposit until returned. If you use traditional deep brood boxes, we will provide instructions on the simple process of migrating them from medium to deep frames.
Please email me with your full name, address, phone and quantity desired if you are interested. Nucs go fast early in the season so be sure to reserve your well ahead of time. Eric@EricsHoneyFarm.com