Nucleus (NUC) Colonies:

Each of our apiaries and our breeding stock is inspected by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, ensuring that we provide you with healthly honeybees.  This is one of the most important aspects of purchasing a NUC colony!  There are several options for replacing or adding colonies into your apiary.  Packaged bees have always been a popular method for replacement or expansion, but why purchase packaged bees from Southern states that are not acclimated to winters in Northern states such as New Jersey? 

Often with new beekeepers, the bees are put into new equipment with undrawn combs. It is easier for bees to adapt to introduction onto comb that is already drawn and ready for the queen to lay eggs.  Moreover, our NUCs are produced entirely from overwintered and proven stock.  That means that your colonies have a greater probability of thriving and surviving winter.

Our five frame NUCs consists of:

  • A mated queen that has already been accepted by the hive and is confirmed to be laying eggs
  • 3 inner frames containing brood in all stages
  • 2 outer frames containing honey, pollen and nurse bees

We strongly believe that first year beekeepers should purchase a NUC  colony first due to the difficulties of getting a package started on brand new frames and foundation.  With a NUC colony,  bees are installed on drawn comb, a brood nest has been established, honey and pollen have been stored and most importantly, a young queen has been accepted and is laying eggs. 


*PLEASE NOTE - NUC colonies can easily overheat and perish during transport.  As such, our transportation policy insists that NUC colonies ONLY be picked up prior to 8am or after 8pm.  You are always welcome to inspect each NUC prior to transport, however, we are NOT responsible for any problems that might arise during transport.  Sales of NUC colonies are final.


Additional NUCs may be available later this Spring - Apply here for our waiting list!

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