This Nucleus Hive is for PICK-UP at our WILSONVILLE, OR Location Only. Please call 1-800-233-7929 for questions or concerns.
The Nucleus (NUC) colonies for pick up dates April 13, 20, and 27 consist of 4 deep (9 1/8") frames of bees/brood. NUCs for pick up date May 4 will consist of 5 deep (9 1/8") frames of bees/brood. All NUCs include a young mated queen all in a wooden NUC box. The colony is Oregon raised. Its queen is naturally mated and selected for mite resistance. The frames will fit in a standard 9 5/8" Deep hive body. These NUCs are available with either an Italian or Carniolan queen. However, WE CANNOT guarantee the queen variety. Please indicate your preference for Italian or Carniolan when ordering by selecting from the drop down menu.
The pick-up dates for NUCs are listed below for reference. These dates are subject to change. If there is a change, we will give you as much notice as possible. NUCs Must be picked up NO later than 12 pm PST (and the earlier the better if it's a warm day).Since Nucleus Hives will NOT BE SHIPPED, they do not qualify towards the $150 Free Shipping Limit.
Pick-Up Schedule for OR Nucleus Hives
First (4-Frame NUC) Pick Up:April 13th from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m PST
Second (4-Frame NUC) Pick Up:April 20th from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m PST
Third (4-Frame NUC) Pick Up: April 27th from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m PST
Fourth (5-Frame NUC) Pick Up: May 4th from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m PST
**Bees must be paid in full in advance.
Cancellations: Must be made 10 days prior to pick up. A $5.00 handling fee will be processed for any cancellations or changes made to an order once it has been finalized. Deposit: A Fully Refundable $30 deposit is included in the price of each NUC box. The deposit is refunded in full if you choose to return the wooden NUC box (in good condition) within 60 days after you pick up your NUC/s.
About Italian and Carniolan Bees:
Colony behavior can vary significantly from hive to hive. Further, bee behavior can change by selective breeding within the race. Keep in mind that bee traits you see described on websites and in beekeeping books are often citing the traits of the original stock(from Italy, or Slovenia, for example) but these European (old world) bees have been selectively bred in North America(new world) for specific traits since they were first introduced here from Europe. They might deviate in behavior from the old world stock.
The Italian bee is generally described as gentle and productive. We handle thousands of colonies, and we find this to be true. We consider the Italian bee to be great for suburban beekeeping because of its gentle characteristics combined with good honey productivity. The New World Carniolan bee is thought to do well in colder, more mountainous climates. But, in our experience, the New World Carniolan tends to be quicker to defend its hive, so is perhaps less well suited to backyard beekeeping where you have close neighbors. Carniolans also tend to maintain a smaller cluster during the winter, and are late to build up brood in the spring--great traits for mountain foothill bee survival. However, the increase is quick when it happens, which can lead to unexpected swarming early in the season.