We have Wisconsin nucs born and bred in Wisconsin and sold only in Wisconsin

Why is this important?

We are unique here at Lloyd St. Bees due to the fact that our bees do not leave Wisconsin. That means that our bees stay in Wisconsin 365 days a year. When bees don’t travel, this reduces the amount of new viruses and parasites being brought into the apiary and also allows the bees to adapt and reach a level of homeostasis with their environment. Our queens/nucs are born and mated in our Wisconsin yards which allows us to manage our nucs process from beginning to end.

When you pick up your nuc from us, we will go through them frame by frame with you if you like. We want you to be comfortable with your purchase and understand what your buying. We suggest feeding your nuc a few gallons of syrup and pollen substitute in the spring if you do not have honey frames and pollen available. Feeding is the most important part of the equation. Remember this:

  • Syrup = drawn frames

  • Pollen = more bees

Overwintered nucs vs Spring nucs

We sell a limited amount of overwintered nucs that are survivors from the previous year. These nucs are ideal for individuals who want to add colonies to their apiary that would be used for mating queens and for making splits. We recommend that if you intend on purchasing one of these that you have access to drawn frames because these colonies will swarm if they aren’t allowed space to grow rapidly. These queens are survivors and make a great addition to your apiary stock.

Spring nucs are sold at the end of May (weather dependent) til July. These nucs contain a queen and brood that has been raised in the current year. These are easier to manage due to a lower swarming tendency and will lay longer going into fall due to the young age and vitality of the queen. These are great nucs for individuals just getting into bees, making up for winter loses or those looking to expand their apiary rapidly.

What will your nuc look like?

You should expect to see the following in your 5 frame deep nuc from us:

  • Three frames of brood and bees at various stages (eggs, larvae and capped)

  • One frame of feed (honey, syrup, pollen)

  • One miscellaneous frame (sugar frame, drawn frame, brood, feed frame or foundation)

  • One marked WI queen