2024 Four Frame Nuc
DescriptionNucs have either a proven, overwintered queen or a queen mated in the current season, depending on availability. If you have a preference let us know and we will do our best to accomodate. The nucs consist of four frames. Two or more of those frames have brood in all stages and the remaining frames have an empty place for the queen to lay or they are filled with honey and pollen. They come in a non-refundable coroplast nuc box that is included in the price. You also have the option of putting your nucs in a Pro Nuc box instead of a Coroplast nuc box. Since the nuc is a four frame nuc the fifth space in a Pro Nuc box is filled with a frame with just foundation. The foundation may or may not be drawn out by the time you recieve your nuc. 95% of the frames in our operation are wooden frames with drawn plastic foundation. They have only been used as brood frames for one or two seasons which means that they don’t have the disadvantages that come with old dark brood comb.
- Where can I pick up my nuc?
We have rendezvous locations in Saanich, Victoria, Langford, Duncan, Nanaimo, Ladner, Surrey, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack during the last half of May. Anyone can pick up nucs from us on Salt Spring Island as well. If you are interested in a large order and you’re not close to any of our rendezvous points please contact us to discuss delivery options.
- Are your bees inspected prior to selling nucs?
Yes, they are. A copy of the permit is avaialble upon request.
- What size frames are included with nucs?
Nucs come with standard Langstroth frames, otherwise known as deep frames. They are typically less than 5 years old and mostly incorporate drawn plastic foundation in a well made wooden frame.
- Do you give refunds if I order nucs and change my mind?
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.
- What kind of box do the nucs come in?
The nucs come in corrugated plastic nuc boxes which are included in the price or you can upgrade to a Pro Nuc box when you place your order. Nuc boxes are not refundable due to the risk of disease transfer.
- Are there taxes on bee sales?
Bees and queens are considered livestock and are tax exempt.
- Are the queens marked?
Queens are marked with a colored dot on their thorax indicating the year they were mated. There is no charge for marking queens and if you would prefer an unmarked queen please let us know in advance.