Many new beekeepers wonder what the difference is between a nuc and a package of honey bees.

The biggest difference is that a nuc is an already established "mini-hive", meaning that it contains 5 frames of bees, brood in various stages, pollen, feed, and a young mated queen that has already been accepted by the hive and is a functioning, crucial part to their survival. She has been laying for a few weeks, so the bees have a head start on building their work force for the summer honey flow. A stronger work force means that they may be able to make more honey, depending on the weather and the nectar sources. Overall, honey bee nucs are a less stressful way to begin beekeeping or to add to your colonies.