Picking up your 2016 Nuc(s)


By now you’ve received a notice with date(s) for nuc and queens pick up/shipping. The time frame set for this is May 28 – June 26, 2016, anytime between 7-10am, appointments necessary. If you do not have an email from us confirming your schedule, please do not show up without an appointment, we will not have nucs ready for you. We suggest you contact us and make arrangements.
The Pickup:

1. You are coming to an active bee yard where bees are constantly flying, so there is a possibility of getting stung. Bring appropriate protective gear for you and anyone else with you.

2016 Nucs bursting with bees.

2016 Nucs bursting with bees.

2. If you are receiving this notice via email, please scroll to the very bottom of the email for our address.

3. The 2016 price for the nucs is $165.00 each. If you did not take care of your invoice, most likely we do not have a nuc for you unless prior arrangements have been made with us.

4. Keep in mind that for the 2016 season, all nucs are 5 deep frames. Queens are guaranteed alive and marked at time of pick up; however, we cannot cover queen losses due to rough handling, bumps in the road or any situation out of our control. For this we will box the nucs when you arrive.

5. The nucs will be located at our home yard. We will not be installing bees in your equipment, so leave it home. We will provide the nuc in a one-way cardboard nuc box, or a box we consider appropriate. It is your responsibility to inspect the nuc to ensure it meets your expectations before leaving. Your satisfaction is our goal.

6. We would appreciate if you pick up the nuc at the appointed date.

7. On your way back home with the nuc, make sure the hive is properly secured and not shifting back and forth. Try to make a direct trip to avoid the risk of overheating.


Caring for your Nuc

1. – Install the nuc as soon as possible in a brood box with additional frames to fill the box. Feed the nuc a 1:1 sugar syrup mix, and do not let the feeder run dry.

2. – Abstain from disturbing the nuc for the first few days except to feed it. After a week, you may inspect the hive. Use as little smoke as possible and minimal disturbance. If things are going well within the hive, the bees should continue drawing out the remaining foundation if that is what you are using, the queen should continue to lay, and there should be brood of all ages, including eggs, milk brood, and capped brood.

3. – Keep inspecting your colony once every 7-10 days. This is an amazing opportunity to watch your nuc grow and develop into a full hive. Just be careful while handling your colony to avoid the death of your queen. Try to have your mentor with you at least the first few times. As the population grows, the bees will cover more frames and draw out more frames of foundation and the queen will begin to lay in these newly drawn out frames.

4. – In general, place the combs back into the same arrangement that they were. The frames with brood and eggs should be together in the center, and pollen at the edge of the brood nest and honey to the outside. The only time you should change the hive configuration is with the frames of foundation at the end. Bees have a hard time drawing the outermost side of the comb on the last frame; so when the inner side is complete, swap position with the closest frame (see picture).

5. – Once you’ve had the nuc for about a month or so, test for your mite level using any of the commonly know methods, your mentor can help with this. Remember all bees have varroa mites, so please monitor the colony for mite level, and if the threshold is met, then use the method of control that best suits you. Test for mites in the spring, mid to late summer and in the fall. If your levels are at threshold take action, mites are a reality, not a myth, and they do kill colonies of honey bees. Work with your mentor to help you achieve your objectives.

6.- Once you have 8-9 drawn frames in the first box, add the second box and continue feeding 1:1 syrup until they’ve drawn the second box as well. Please monitor your feeding as to not over feed to the point there is no place for the queen to lay eggs. Again your mentor will come in handy with guiding you on how to feed.

7. – Read all that you can about bees, subscribe to the bee journals, attend your local organization meetings, also if possible your state meeting, and try to make it to at least one of the national meetings (EAS, HAS, etc). Ask questions and use good judgment. Remember, just because it works for me, does not mean it may work for you. Find what works for you and your bees and take it from there.

To summarize, in order to be successful keeping bees, you need good management and good bees; if one is lacking it simply will not work. The good news you can acquire both.

Thank You,
Charles Walter
info@walterswholesomegoods com

3 Comments to Picking up your 2016 Nuc(s)

  1. Paul Kines's Gravatar Paul Kines
    May 25, 2016 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Hi Charles,
    I sent you an email back on 10 May but have not gotten a confirmation on the pick up date yet. Tim Poling and I would like to come on Saturday the 28th and we can be there 0830-0900 time frame.
    Please advise if that works for you.

    Caught a small swarm a week ago. Got them situated in a deep hive with some pollen and honey left over form last year along with some drawn comb. They fill up about 2 frames and there is a queen. Will check on them today to see if she is laying any eggs. Weather has finally straightened out some with sunshine now 3 days in a row. The workers are out gathering pollen and nectar now.

    Looking forward to chatting with you , at least for a couple of minutes as I know you are a busy man.

  2. Rick Haynes's Gravatar Rick Haynes
    May 25, 2016 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    May I pick up my nucs and queens Sunday morning? If not, I would like to come Monday morning. Which would you prefer?

    I could not find your address at the bottom of the email. What is it?

    Rick Haynes

  3. Kevin Thompson's Gravatar Kevin Thompson
    May 25, 2016 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Hi Walter, I sent an email a week or so ago. I am not able to come pick up my two nucs as originally planned. Are you able to ship them? Please let me know if you need anything additional.

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