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5 Frame Russian Nucleus colony
5 frame Russian nuc for Spring 2020 Delivery
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 when delivered to you depends a lot on the weather in Arkansas. The delivery date is early enough that there should be no difficulty in building up to a full-size colony. In fact, in 2018 and 2019 many of these nucs grew into double deeps and produced honey!
We expect to distribute these nucs at To Bee or Not To Bee during the first half of April. . We will update you via email as we know more about the delivery day so, 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.
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 20% administrative fee. After March 15th, there are no refunds for canceled orders.
We do not ship bees, so please check the box for in-store pickup when you see it during the checkout process.