The word NUC is an abbreviation of the word nucleus. Nucleus is a smaller colony of bees created from a larger colony of bees. A nuc has 4-5 frames of bees, brood, honey, pollen, and a mated and laying Queen.
When you purchase a nuc, you are purchasing frames of bees that need to be transferred into a deep box. A box that holds 10 frames. The plastic nuc box is not a permanent home for the bees. Bees need space to grow over the year.
If you purchase a nuc, you will need to purchase all the remaining equipment such as: 2 deeps with frames, 2 supers with frames, a bottom board, a telescoping lid, all your beekeeping tools and a beekeeping suit.
I sell nucs and I also sell single box hives. What’s the difference? A single box hive has more frames of bees - a full hive in fact. The frames are inside a deep box that the bees will stay in permanently. The single box hive also comes with a telescoping lid, a bottom board and a feeder.
If you purchase a single box hive, you will need to also purchase a second deep with frames, 2 supers with frames, all your beekeeping tools and a beekeeping suit.
Or you can purchase our Deluxe Beehive Kit that has EVERYTHING you need to start, and you will not need to purchase anything else!
The Deluxe Beehive Kit has a full hive of bees, living in a deep box. You also receive a second deep box with frames, 2 supers with frames, all your beekeeping tools and a full beekeeping suit. Everything is also assembled and painted, ready to use!
Hopefully this helps answer a lot of your questions about ordering bees! I know it can be a bit confusing and overwhelming to start.
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