Nucleus colonies

If you’re starting a new hive or have one 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 bees. When you come to pick them up, we’ll put the bees 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 $220. 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.

Please note: due to the very dry conditions this year, we are unable to supply anymore colonies. We should still be able to complete the orders for those who have pre-booked. 

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