Lappe's Bee Supply
Buy 2020 5 frame 9-5/8" deep honey bee nucs with a young, mated Carniolan queen bee who has been marked with this year's color. Nucs will tentatively be available starting the end of April - early May, depending on the weather. Plans are to have nucs available through June. All nucs have 5 brood 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 corrugated nuc box. We start the nucs out with brand new beekeeping equipment, so there is no worry about old frames. These bee nucs have brand new frames with newly drawn out comb on wooden frames with Premier brand Platinum foundation, the bee's choice. 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.
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!
Lappe's Bee Supply promotes successful beekeeping and is dedicated to providing our customers with the highest quality of products possible. Our nucs carry a money back guarantee. If you do not agree that we are providing you with high quality honeybees at the time of pickup, you do not have to accept the nuc, and we will give you a complete refund of the purchase price! The guarantee ends when the you leave with the nuc(s); anything that happens with the bees after that time is completely the customer's responsibility.
Carniolan bees are a good, gentle bee for bee keepers to work. They build up their population in the early spring, and are able to maintain high populations in the bee hives all summer long, due to the excellent laying ability of the high quality queens. This strong workforce results in excellent honey production, since Carniolan worker bees are excellent pollinators and foragers. Since they can have larger stores of pollen and honey in the summer, they can also have a higher tendency to swarm if not kept under observation. Carniolans get out earlier in the morning to start their daily forage, and they also stay out longer each evening. Compared to other strains of honeybees, Carniolans are less prone to robbing other hives. A Carniolan worker bee is also very hygienic, working hard to keep a clean bee colony.
Carniolan bees have a very good resistance to Varroa mites, wax moths and other honeybee pests. We do still recommend trating each spring and each fall against mites, however, since there is no such thing as a strain of bee with complete Varroa mite resistance. Carniolan bees also have an excellent sense of direction, and tend to drift between hives less than other types of bees. They are also able to overwinter successfully in smaller numbers, because they are good at conserving food stores; this makes them a better strain of bee in areas that have longer winters. 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.
We have customers from all across the Midwest United States come to pick up our 5 Frame Carniolan Honey Bee Nucs for sale, including 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!
They were beautiful, healthy and full of capped brood. One week later they are going great. My only mark down was that they were so late but it was a cold, long spring.
My NUC was in great conditioned when I picked it up! Very few dead ones when I transferred them. Queen and hive are already busy at work!