These are 4 frame nucs consisting of 2 deep frames of brood in all stages and 2 frames of feed/pollen/empty cells. They come in a non-refundable coroplast nuc box that is included in the price.
95% of the frames in my operation are wooden frames with drawn plastic foundation and they have only been used as brood frames for one or two seasons which means that they are in good condition and don’t have the disadvantages that come with old dark brood comb.
May nucs typically come with either a proven overwintered queen, or a local queen mated in the current season, but if the weather conditions are unsuitable for mating, an imported queen.
If you are purchasing a nuc for next season you have the option of only paying a deposit at the time of purchase and paying the remainder prior to receiving the nuc.
You will receive a full refund if you change your mind about an order prior to February 15th. After that date the nuc deposit portion becomes non-refundable.
The nucs come in corrugated plastic nuc boxes which are included in the price and are not refundable due to the risk of disease transfer.
Yes, they are. A copy of the permit is avaialble upon request.
Nucs come with standard frames, otherwise known as deep frames. They are typically less than 4 years old and mostly incorporate drawn plastic foundation in a well made wooden frame.
Delivery is not guaranteed when you buy nucs or queens, but we regularly have rendezvous locations in both Crofton and Saanich when we have enough sales in those areas to arrange the trip. We also occasionally make trips to the lower mainland and beyond. If you are interested in a large order but live far away, please contact us to discuss delivery options.
Bees and queens are considered livestock and are tax exempt.
Queens are marked with a colored dot on their thorax indicating the year they were mated. In the case of young wintered queens for early nuc sales, the mark is a bit misleading because the dot would be the color of the previous year even though the queen has not been through a full spring buildup so the queen is younger than the dot would suggest. There is no charge for marking queens and if you would prefer an unmarked queen please let us know in advance.