5 Frame Italian (Gentle Breed) Honey Bee Nuc with Marked Queen - Iowa Pickup

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5 Frame Italian (Gentle Breed) Honey Bee Nuc with Marked Queen for sale in the Midwest USA

We are currently taking orders for nucs for pick up during the spring of 2024. Once we know when the nucs will be ready, we will be contacting you by email to set up a pick up time that works for you!

Please note important information regarding shipping honey bee nucs: Honey bee nucs are for pick up from us only; we will not ship the nucs due to the stress that it will cause them. We will not give our customers a poor quality honey bee nuc that will not perform well.

Buy 2024 5 frame 9-5/8" deep honey bee nucs with a young, mated Italian Hybrid queen bee who has been marked with the current year's color. Nucs will tentatively be available starting early - mid May, depending on the weather. Plans are to have nucs available through July. All nucs have 5 frames with a mated queen who is already laying, a mixture of worker bees, nurse bees, and drones who are all adjusted to the queen's phermone; brood in all stages from the queen; pollen and feed.

Nucs will be in a reusable 5 frame plastic nuc box. We start the nucs out with new beekeeping equipment, not old comb, which means that you won't have to worry about any sicknesses or diseases, and there won't be any chemical residues in the comb, because it's within a year new. These bee nucs have brand new frames with newly to 1 year old drawn out comb on wooden frames with plastic wax coated foundation. This is just one step that we take to providing our customers with the highest quality guarantee - you won't find our quality matched anywhere else, and you'll be amazed at how fast your bees will build up because of this!

We do not require a frame exchange, and we do not need the nuc boxes returned. Depending on the time of year that the nuc is picked up from us, and the weather conditions, these nucs may need to be fed sugar syrup to keep them sustained until they can get out and forage on their own. Cold, rainy weather in the early spring can keep bees confined inside of the hive, and a strong, growing beehive can eat up a few frames of feed within a short time. When transporting the bees home, the nuc boxes need to be kept inside a climate controlled environment to prevent death from occuring; during cold days, the nuc needs to be kept out of the cold, and during hot days the nuc needs to be kept in the air conditioning.

Please note: equipment and supplies placed on the same order as your nuc(s) will be available for pick up at the same time as your nuc. If you are wanting your equipment shipped to you ahead of time, please place that order separately.

You can find an article here on how to transfer your honeybee nuc into your hive body. At Lappe's Bee Supply & Honey Farm LLC, we work hard to supply our customers with the best bees and beekeeping supplies possible, plus a wealth of bee keeping knowledge and beekeeping 101 to help you keep bees and become a successful & happy bee keeper!

Honey Bee Nucs Terms & Conditions


Italian Hybrid Honey Bees Nucs Information

These are bees that are Minnesota Hygienic Italian honeybees that have been cross bred with Carniolan bees. They have an excellent Varroa mite resistance, although we still recommend treating your honey bees every spring and every fall for mites. There is no such thing as a completely resistant strain of bee, and treating against the Varroa mite will guarantee that your bees are as healthy as they can be. Italian hybrid bees are also quick to build up in the spring, they are great bees wax builders, great honey producers, and they overwinter well. The Italian worker bee also keeps a very clean hive. Advantages of getting a nuc: The bees already have a head start at building up and gaining strength for the summer honey flow. The mated queens have already been laying eggs in the brood nest for quite some time, and new bees are either hatching or getting ready to hatch. They will also already have nectar and pollen available as stores in the honeycomb.

If you would like to become a beekeeper and are interested in beginning beekeeping, and are looking into getting into backyard beekeeping, urban beekeeping, or keeping bees just for pollination, these honey bee nucs are a great way to begin you beehives! Basically 5 frame bee nucs are miniature versions of a full working bee hive, giving you a jump start on building up your bee colony for the first summer honey flow. Most new hobbyist bee keepers prefer starting their beehive with a nuc, as opposed to a package of bees, since the nuc will give them an easier head start to getting their bees up and flying! It's also easier to transfer your deeps out of the bee nuc and into your Langstroth brood box.

Beekeepingsuppliesonline around East Peru Iowa United States online We have customers from all across the Midwest United States come to pick up our 5 Frame Italian Honey Bee Nucs for sale, including listings in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, and even from as far away as Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Colorado and Utah! Looking for where to buy free shipping Italian queen honey bees for sale? We have them here! online honeybeesonline around East Peru Iowa United States


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  • 5
    5 Frame Nuc

    Posted by Jim W on May 28, 2022

    Just as described. The pick up went very smoothly and everyone at Lappe’s was great. Got everyone home with no problems. Queen clearly visible and easy to locate. After one week, they are building comb and harvesting pollen. Highly recommend Lappe’s

  • 5
    Italian nuc

    Posted by Wesley Millard on May 21, 2022

    First time beekeeper and love these bees. 1 week since I installed them and already 7 frames full of bees. Excellent box of bugs!

  • 5
    Italian nucs

    Posted by Stephanie Capper on Jan 21, 2022

    Best nucs I've ever purchased so far. Healthy and robust all season. I'm excited to see how they winter.

  • 5
    5frame Italian nuc

    Posted by Ernest gene irelan on Aug 08, 2021

    My 3rd Italian nuc, an is doing great as expected..all these are Lappe nucs..

  • 5
    Italian nucs

    Posted by Ernest gene irelan on Aug 08, 2021

    As expected, my Italian nuc is doing great. I expected it as my other 2 are also doing great..gentle, populating Lappe always does a great job of helping you get what you want..

  • 5
    5 frame nuc. (Italian Bees)

    Posted by Namcy Warren on Jun 27, 2021

    Excellent quality of bees. They are thriving. Lappes is so easy to work with and we love that we can personally pick up our bees. This is our first year getting bees from Lappes but, we will definitely be getting more.

  • 5
    5 frame italian italian hybrid queen

    Posted by ernest gene irelan on May 22, 2021

    i got nice nuc, frames were loaded an queen marked an shown before nuc box shut up...doing well in new hive an very gentle to handle too....will buy more as they become available....

  • 5
    Italian Nuc

    Posted by Nicholas Simpson on May 20, 2021

    Good and healthy bee colony. The Nuc had a lot of brood and double in size over the few days. You do look over the colony health and the queen before taking it. High recommend the Mesh Transport Bag when buying. They do seal the package, but a few bees found their way out on the travel.

  • 5
    Italian nucs

    Posted by Steph on May 13, 2021

    Great bees, as always great service.

  • 5
    5 Fram Italian Honey Bee Nuc with Marked Queen

    Posted by Stephen S Gray on Jun 06, 2020

    As first-time beekeepers, we were very impressed with our nuc of Italian bees. The bees were very easy to transfer into our new hive and settled in quickly. We just finished completing our first weekly inspection and were happy with the gentle nature, vitality, and activity of the bees. We observed that the bees are already transporting pollen back to the hive. Very happy with our purchase.

  • 5

    Posted by Roscoe Eldridge on Jun 05, 2020

    it was easy to start and they seem to be doing well

  • 5
    5 frame Nucs

    Posted by Dave Donato on May 17, 2020

    Italian Nucs were in great shape and progressing right along !

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