If you’ve decided to start beekeeping, you might wonder where you’re going to get bees from? What should you look for in a good source of bees? Should you buy nucs or package bees? Or maybe catch a swarm?
First, you need to decide if you want to buy nucs or package bees. A nuc is short for nucleus colony. It is basically a little starter hive of bees already in frames that you just slip into your Langstroth hive. You do need to be using a Langstroth hive; you cannot use a nuc in a top-bar hive. Our first set of bees was a package, this year we are adding a nuc colony. [Read more…]