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Gardens & Apiaries
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” --Howard Thurman-
There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance." -Henry David Thoreau
Ohio Nucs is dedicated to providing nucleus
colonies for hive expansion and requeening. Many experts recommend
having at least one nuc colony for every 10 colonies you have. As
you know, most anything can happen in beekeeping. Failed requeening,
failure of a queen to mate after a swarm or supercedure, crushed or
damaged queens, aggressive bees, disease prone colonies, laying workers, and older, drone laying queens are
all problems that can be rectified with a nucleus colony united with
the troubled hive (after dequeening if necessary) using the "paper method".
With a nucleus colony on hand, you always have a queen when you need
it most, which is usually NOW! Even if you don't use it for an
emergency situation, you can expand your colony numbers or requeen a
colony in late summer and keep young queens in your colonies.
Compare requeening with a nuc to spending time on the phone finding
a queen, waiting for it to arrive while being handled by shippers,
wondering if it will be accepted by your bees, was she well mated,
Our goal is to over winter nucs newly queened the summer before and have laying nucs available in early spring for dead-out replacement or expansion. Nucs have a great advantage over packages since the queen is already laying and brood is present and emerging. There's no three week wait until the queens first laid brood emerge while the package has dwindled in strength. There's no failed introduction because in a nuc, the queen is already the queen and does not have to be accepted. Nucs still should be fed if you are drawing additional comb unless there is a strong flow on.
***NUCs are pickup only, Lancaster, OH***
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