Status on the 2017 Nuc Season

Greetings my seasoned and aspiring fellow beekeepers. It has been a while since I’ve formally reached out to you with a communication

Our River Rd. yard

regarding the 2017 nucs. This year truly has been a wild season to say the least. Warm spells, cold spells, rain, hail and snow, etc., you name it we’ve had it this year. One thing that has benefited the most from this season are the weeds, oh are they growing like crazy, keeping the weed eaters going constantly. Nevertheless, the honey bee is a resilient insect, and in our yards, they’ve done good for themselves so far.

As you can see in the pictures, the nucs are progressing nicely, and we are getting to the point where we are comfortable to release them. I understand many of you are you are anxious, and I can  tell because of your emails and phone calls. So here is some news for you, bee wise the wait

These nucs are good-to-go.

is over, and now it is time to start getting the shipping containers ready to transfer the bees in, and have you pick up your nucs or be delivered to the post office for shipping. So say in a week or two we should be all caught up with this.

As far as the honey flow season goes, believe it or not we’ve had our major sources of nectar bloom almost all at once, and I can only think of the reason for this being the very mild winter. All of that to say that perhaps here in the Mid-Atlantic we will be starting to feed bees early this year. But whatever it takes to keep this beneficial social insect alive and well, and around for future generations to know and enjoy in one way or another.

Main nectar sources.

Until next time, and I will try to keep these posts coming more frequently.


By Charles Walter on May 8, 2017 · Posted in beekeeping

6 Comments | Post Comment

Craig Chelednik says:

Do you have any Russian Nucs available?

Last year I was on your list but never heard from you when to pick up.

This year I sent an email about getting a Nuc but did not hear from you.

Do you have any available?

Posted on May 10th, 2017

Amber says:

Dear Mr. Walter,
Thank you for the update posted May 8th. Since I will be receiving my nuc via the mail, I am curious as to any expected shipping dates. With the long weekend coming up, I don’t want my bees left in limbo in a shipping facility if you send out later on this week.
Thank you for your time!

Posted on May 22nd, 2017

Darren Ross says:

Update on nucs?

Posted on May 25th, 2017

Nickie & Phil says:

Good morning Charles
Just checking on the eta of the nuks. We are super excited to get our bees to work
Thank you

Posted on May 30th, 2017

Barbara Burry says:

Hello Charles,
I just read your May 8th blog and saw the pictures you posted along with it. I hadn’t seen the yellow-orange blossoms of a tulip tree in many, many years. By the way, the bees we bought from you seem to be doing very well.

Posted on July 19th, 2017

Konstantin Gerasimov says:

Hi, Do you ship out your NUCs to State of Washington?
Or local pick up only. Where are you located?
Thank you,

Posted on November 8th, 2017