These colonies have been raised with the current season’s queens. Each nucleus colony includes five fully drawn frames and bees in a corflute transport hive. In a typical year the new season nucleus colonies are available from November to January. The last seasonal orders are accepted around mid-January. Our colonies are usually available with Italian or Cordovan queens though later in the season we might have some Caucasian queens as an option.
It always helps to contact us to reserve your nucleus colony. It typically takes about two months to prepare a quality colony, so make sure we put you on our list with a pre-order. We sell out pretty much as soon as they are available. We won’t be accepting new orders after 31st January because we don’t believe that there is a realistic amount of time for these small colonies to reach a state where they have enough resources to get through the Winter. However, you can order our Over-Wintered Nucs early in the Spring if you want to get off to a good start.
We can arrange for you to collect your nucleus colony at one of our apiaries near Canberra, ACT. If you are further south, you can pick up your order from Numeralla – near Cooma NSW.