We have had a lot of success with our nucleus hives this 2013 season. Thus far, every nucleus hive has had a great laying queen with a very nice brood pattern and, thankfully, no laying workers.
I am still trying to work out a fair price for both the customer, and the business, for nucleus hives. Afterall, there is a lot of time, management, and materials (straps, frames, pollen patties, bricks, etc.) in creating nucleus hives. Since we do not offer frame exchange, and some customers choose to keep the nucleus box, our new price for the 2018 season will be 200 (25 of which is refundable if the box is returned). Our overwintered double nucleus hives will be 345 (50 of which is refundable if the boxes are returned).
I hope customers will leave a comment about their experience with our nucleus hives. I know we are one of the very few companies who offer treatment-free nucleus hives.
This particular nucleus hive decided that their already reduced entrance was not reduced enough. So, they propolized the front to make it even smaller.