June 23, 2013/From the Hive

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 2019 season will be 205 (25 of which is refundable if the box is returned). Our overwintered double nucleus hives will be 350 (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 of it to make it even smaller.


  1. Russell Dowling
    August 20, 2013 at 2:04 am

    I got two of these nucs this year and they have both done fantastic! One is now halfway done with filling a third deep and the other is almost done with the second. Very strong, healthy bees. I would absolutely recommend them and plan on getting more next spring!

  2. Graeme Manning
    May 9, 2017 at 2:55 am

    I took delivery of my nuc in May and was very satisfied with the purchase process. The bees appeared healthy and were very active. I received good advice on installing the bees and the transfer went well. I particularly liked the fact that the nuc was well constructed of wood and not of the cardboard variety

    • ltfields
      May 9, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      Thank you Graeme, please let me know if I can help you as your colony expands.

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