Nucleus Colonies (Deposit)

Nucleus Colonies (Deposit)


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Sorry, but we are unable to take any more bookings for Nucleus Colonies this season. If you need to purchase a hive, there are still a limited number of Langstroth, Warre, and Top Bar Starter Kits available, which may include bees.


If you’re purchasing a Starter Kit or have a hive already and need to repopulate it, you’ll need the queen and a few thousand bees to go with her. They can be obtained either as swarms, package bees or colonies. We supply nucleus colonies, “nukes” or “colonies” for short. Nukes differ from swarms or package bees in that they are already established on frames with honey and brood. The young queen is selected to suit an urban beekeeping environment. She’s keen but not mean.

We have colonies for Langstroth, Flow, Warre and Top Bar Hives; they include honey/brood, a new queen, and about 3000 bees. When you come to pick up your bees, we’ll put them in your hive and explain what you need to know to look after them.

It’s best to preorder the colonies, so that you can get them earlier in the season. The total cost is $200. When booking there is a $50 non-refundable deposit.

Only available from late October through December.

Pickup from shop only, as we’re not able to ship them.

Additional information

Type of hive

Langstroth, Flow, Warre, Top Bar

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