Spring 2018 NUCS are now AVAILABLE!
Place orders early to guarantee availability.
Order by Mail:
To order by mail, download our 2018 Order Form Here.
Basic Beekeeping with Nucs:
There are several options for replacing or adding colonies into your apiary whether you have one or one-thousand hives. Packaged bees have always been a popular method for replacement or expansion. However, they sometimes pose supercedure issues due to the fact that you are combining a young mated queen with unrelated loose bees in an empty hive with pheromones (odors) unfamiliar to all. Often with new beekeepers, the bees are put into new equipment with undrawn combs. It is easier for bees to adapt to introduction onto comb that is already drawn and ready for the queen to lay eggs.
A five frame bee nucleus (NUC) consists of:
• A “laying” queen that has already been accepted by the hive
• 3 inner frames containing brood in all stages
• 2 outer frames containing honey, pollen, and adhering bees.
Good Bees Result from Good Stock!
All Hives / Nucs treated with Fumagilin-B
Merrimack Valley Apiaries uses the artificially inseminated hybrid breeders from Latshaw Apiaries as the larvae source for grafting. The queens are free mated with drones from over ten different documented types of bees. Several of these types are hygienic in behavior which is desirable for varroa mite control. We are proud to offer these bees to our customers.
The Advantages of Nucs
• NUCs build up more rapidly than packages and do not suffer the sudden drop in population (dwindling) associated with the aging process in packages. The population of the package dies off without the advantage of having a stockpile of young bees hatching off and replenishing the population.
• Recent increases in package bee prices and postal rates have made NUC prices very close to the price of package bees.
• NUCs are not as delicate as packages and do not require the careful handling associated with package bees. We guarantee that your NUC will arrive alive.
• Our NUCs are less likely to supersede their queen. She is already a functioning part of the hive. She has produced the brood that is in the NUC. It is already a fully operational beehive, only smaller.
• NUCs can be installed later in the spring as weather conditions improve and more reliable nectar and pollen sources become available.
• NUCs do not require immediate installation relieving the urgency to immediately install in adverse weather conditions or at inopportune times as may be the case with package bees.
• Our NUCs are grown in Louisiana and can be picked up there, or at our two farms in the Northeast (MA and NY). While we are based in the northeast, with over 12,000 colonies, we were the first beekeepers to offer NUCs to beginners, hobbyists and commercial beekeepers alike as an alternative to packages. Remember, NUCs build up bee populations faster increasing your chances for a bigger honey crop!
Italian/Carniolan Mixed Hybrid
Aurea X Karnica hybrid queens provide commercial and hobbyist beekeepers with a hardy, productive bee.
The rules of genetics require the formation of pure lines of honey bees in order to select and propagate characteristics that are beneficial for beekeepers across the US. Latshaw Apiaries has developed two strains of bees, the Aurea and Karnica. The Aurea strain (Italian Based) and the Karnica strain (Carniolan Based) of bees fill niches in both the commercial and hobbyist settings. By developing two distinct strains of honey bees, Latshaw Apiaries has the flexibility to accommodate many types of operations. The Aurea strain tends to be more of a commercial type of bee with large colony populations. This bee works well for pollination, queen rearing and honey production in areas that have abundant flows. The Karnica strain tends to exhibit more of the traditional Carniolan characteristics such as a smaller brood nest, more responsiveness to environmental cues and frugal use of winter stores.
The Aurea X Karnica hybrid offers a third alternative with the benefit of hybrid vigor/heterosis. Hybrid breeder queens are produced by crossing the two strains through the use of instrumental insemination. Naturally mated production queens are then produced from the hybrid breeder queens for use in production colonies. The hybrid daughters offer a couple of distinct advantages. Hybrid vigor often leads to an increased level of productivity, sometimes above and beyond what is observed in the original pure strains. In addition, the increased genetic diversity from the hybrid daughters is beneficial at the colony level for control of pests and diseases. Lastly, the hybrid daughter queens have proven their production capability in the commercial industry over the years.
More and more beekeepers like the production style of the hybrid bee and have used them extensively for honey production, queen rearing and pollination. The hybrids are real workhorses in the sense that they combine the large colony size of the Aurea strain with the productivity and hardiness of the Karnica strain. The beekeeper is able to get the best of both worlds
We will have Italian/Carniolan Mixed Hybrid NUCs this year
(prices subject to change)
|1 – 24||$160.00|
|25 – 49||$155.00|
|50 – 99||$150.00|
|100 – 249||$140.00|
|250+||Call for pricing|
Pick-Up Locations: Billerica, MA, Otto, NY, Bunkie, LA, or Jennings, LA
IMPORTANT NOTE: Payment MUST be received to OFFICIALLY CONFIRM your NUC order AND have it placed on the truck for delivery. To be fair to everyone, orders are loaded on a first come, first serve (paid) basis. Your processed check will be your receipt.
If you have questions: E-mail email@example.com
or Contact Crystal Card at (978)-667-5380.
$10 per NUC Discount for Pick-up in Louisiana