These Russian nucs, raised by David Coy, Vice President of the Russian Honey Bee Breeder's Association, have been bred primarily for Varroa mite and Nosema resistance and honey production. Members of the association follow strict protocols to maintain the genetic purity of these bees, including genetic testing.
The nucs are started around the first of March with three frames of bees and food, two frames of new foundation, and a queen cell. The queen emerges and begins laying while the bees get to work on drawing the remaining foundation. The size and state of the nucs as delivered depend a lot on the weather in the south. The delivery date is early enough to be no difficulty building up to a full-size colony. Many of these nucs have produced honey in their first year
We expect to distribute these nucs at To Bee or Not To Bee during the first part of April. We will update you via email as we know more about the delivery day. During the checkout process, please make sure you provide a valid email address that you regularly monitor. Purchasing a nuc implies consent to contact you via email.
Please understand that bees are an agricultural product and that delivery dates can and do change due to circumstances outside our control. The weather during the spring and the road conditions during the delivery period may force us to change the delivery date to ensure the safety of the bees.
You are responsible for picking up your bees on delivery day or finding somebody to get your bees for you. To Bee or Not To Bee will not hold or care for your bees beyond the scheduled delivery period. You may cancel your order before March 15th for a 15% administrative fee. After March 15th, there are no refunds for canceled orders.