Order Bees 2014
2014 Rules for Ordering and PickupCheck out our Package Bee Installation Video!
NUCS Should be available for pick up Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday , the first or second week in May, BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM.
PLEASE NOTE: We will not release the NUCS to customer until they are ready. Depending n the environment and conditions the time frame could be changed. We will let you know as soon a s we do.
NUC INSTALLATION: Your NUC will come in a cardboard box on 5 frames. Install the nuc in the center of a brood box one frame at a time with additional frames (and follower boards) to fill the box.
Feed the NUC 1to 1 sugar syrup until all the frames in the box are fully drawn. Feeding sugar syrup to the small colony frees the bees from the need to forage for nectar, and they can use their efforts instead to collect pollen, rear brood, produce beeswax, and draw out comb. Generally, feed a quart a day.
For best queen survival, you should not disturb the nuc for a few days (other than feeding). Inspect the colony after a week. Use little smoke and minimal disturbance. If all is well, the bees should have started drawing out fresh comb onto the empty frames, there should be brood of all ages, including white larvae and eggs. Note that eggs are very difficult for the beginner to see, especially against new comb. The presence of any eggs, or young larvae in royal jelly, means that you have a queen, and all is well, you need not actually see the queen!
Check to see that the queen is laying a regular pattern of brood in concentric rings by age. If brood pattern is spotty or uneven, the queen may have a problem.
If there are queen cells being formed, the colony may have lost their queen, may be superseding the queen, or be preparing to swarm.
Once the bees have drawn out all the combs in the first brood box, you can add the second brood box. You may continue feeding the colony until all the combs are drawn out or discontinue feeding and let the bees finish on their own, but that will be slower. At this point, the brood chamber is complete (assuming a double deep brood chamber).