Nuc Colonies 

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McComBees 4 Frame Nuc Colony

I offer for sale two types of four-frame Northeast Indiana Nucleus Colonies. The first is an overwintered nuc that was started the previous year and survives the winter. The second type of nuc for sale is started during the spring and summer and sold once it becomes viable. Both are started from bees and an IQBA (Indiana Queen Breeders Association) queen cell from my apiaries. The genetics of the colonies are the result of multiple queen breeding programs. Please see the Queens section of this website for more information on nuc genetics.

4 Frame Overwintered Nucleus Colony

This option started with a queen cell from a cell builder colony within my apiary. For the next few months, this nuc will grow into a colony capable of overwintering. By surviving the long, wet, windy, and cold Northeast Indiana winter as a colony, it will be ready to quickly expand into a honey producing colony.

A four-frame overwintered nuc consists of at least three frames of brood, four frames of bees, and a marked IQBA Queen. A Jester EZ Nuc reusable five frame corrugated plastic box houses the bees. This option typically expands to fill two deep brood boxes in 4-5 weeks. Splitting may be necessary before the June honey flow.

There is a fixed number of these available, so please consider pre-ordering now. These nucs are usually available for pickup by the second week of April.

4 Frame Nucleus Colony

This option is started with a queen cell from a cell builder colony within my apiary or from a graft from the original colony. After the queen has been mated and has matured for at least 21 days or started her second brood cycle, the colony is ready for sale.

This nuc colony consists of at least three frames of brood, three frames of bees, and a marked IQBA Queen. A Jester EZ Nuc reusable five-frame corrugated plastic box houses the bees. This option typically expands to fill two deep brood boxes in 4-6 weeks. It may require splitting before August.

Please reserve your Nuc online to secure your order. These nucs are usually available from the fourth week of May until mid-October.