Colonial Beekeepers Nuc Program – providing Virginia bees to Virginia beekeepers!
We have club beekeepers in our program with the goal of producing nucs in 2014.

Nucs include:

  • 3 Frames of brood
  • 2 Frames of food stores
  • 1 Queen that laid the brood
  •  State Inspection

Prices:
Members

  • $100 for medium frame nuc (prices updated Mar 2014)
  • $110 for deep frame nuc (prices updated Mar 2014)

Non-members

  • $125 for medium frame nuc
  • $135 for deep frame nuc

Members Only
Over wintered nucs

  • 25$ additional cost

We are hoping to have nucs ready for purchase in late spring.

 

So what is a NUC?  A NUC is a small colony of bees (NUCleus colony) which is started from a fully developed hive. Another common term is a split. Most members will not start splitting hives until well into the nectar flow so the main hive honey production is not impacted severely. That is not a definite date…depends on weather. It then will take 4-6 weeks until the nuc is ready to sell/deliver. Nucs may be available late in May or into June or even later. When the “NUC Coordinator” is notified by a producer that a NUC is available for sale/delivery, he/she goes down the list of “club wannabees” and sends the producer a couple names and contact info. The wannabee will be notified and it is then that person’s responsibility to get the NUC in a timely fashion…..most producers want it picked up in a day or two and they set the terms other than price….

 

We recommend that you take the Beginning Beekeepers Course and have a mentor assigned prior to receiving bees.

 

You can sign up for a maximum of two (2) nucs a year, but will only receive one at a time. As nucs become available, orders will be filled until everyone on the list gets one (1) nuc. If you have signed up for two (2) nucs, you will then be contacted to pick up your second nuc as they become available.

 

The nuc producer will contact you directly and make arrangements for pickup. The buyer must contact the producer within 48 hours of notification that nuc is ready for pickup and make arrangements.

 

Please bring appropriate equipment including tiedowns and protective clothing when you pick up your bees, as you will be inspecting your nuc at that time.  Your responsibilities when you receive a nuc are to:

  • Bring your bee suit and hive tools so you can inspect the hive with the producer.
  • Bring your hive body (bottom board, box, inner cover, telescoping cover) with extra frames of foundation or comb to fill out your hive.
  • Bring devices to close off your hive entry(s), so bees don’t escape during transport.
  • Bring Push pins to lock your bees/frames and to lock the entry device for transport.
  • Bring ratchet tie-down strap(s) for securing the hive for transport.

 

Minimum information required to be added to the list is your name, telephone number, email address, number of nucs and deep or medium frames.

 

If you have questions or would like to be added to the Colonial Beekeepers nuc list, please contact either:

 

Steve Kolet

[email protected]

757 345-0887  H

610 304-4679 C

-OR-

Fran Hurd

[email protected]

757 293-8786 C

 

 

 

 

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In addition to the Colonial Beekeepers Association Program there are also other beekeepers in Virginia making an effort to provide local bees to Virginia Beekeepers. This list is several years old and so the prices have been removed. Best to contact the individual and check for availability and prices.

In response to requests from a number of beekeepers, Keith Tignor (Virginia State Apiarist) has supplied this lsit of individuals offering queens and NUC’s for sale. The list includes sources within Virginia and from neighboring states. Beekeepers are encouraged to obtain queens and bees from local sources.

Queens

Gale Harvey
Hampton, VA
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 757-243-4083
New, laying queens: call for availability

Kenneth Andrews
Eastern Richmond Beekeepers Association
Richmond, VA
Telephone: 804-458-8300
Has some queens for sale, call for availability

Ronny Cochran
1353 Landover St.
Bedford, VA
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 540 586 8060
Queens: Call for prices and availability

Bob Wellemeyer

MN Hyg. queens mid-April until September or later.
Marked Queens – added cost above prices for each queen.

PLEASE BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION–PHONE NUMBERS, NO E-MAIL

Send payment to:
Windsong Apiaries
120 Mill Run Lane
Castleton, VA 22716

Ph: 540-937-7775
Cell: 540-229-5359
e-mail: [email protected]

WG Bee Farm
Frank Wyatt
Eden, NC
Email: [email protected] rc.net
Telephone: 336 635 5821
Queens: Minnesota Hygenic Italian and
Carniolan
Call for prices and availability

VP Queen Bees
Frederick, MD
Contact: Adam Finkelstein
Telephone: 301 662 4844
Email: [email protected]
www.vpqueenbees.com
Queens: Italian and Carniola queens
Call for prices and availability

Highland Honey & Apiaries, Co.
24228 Club View Dr.
Gaithersburg, MD
Contact: Jim Fraser
Telephone: 301 518 9678
Email: [email protected]

Nucs

Gale Harvey
Hampton, VA
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 864-6742

Gale Harvey’s list for queens and bees

1. New, laying queens: Call for prices and availability
2. Bee package #1: new queen + bees and brood on your new frames and wax foundation: Call for prices and availability (3-5 weeks to build package)
3. Bee package #2: new queen + bees and brood on your frames and wax foundation (3 months to transfer bees and draw comb): Call for prices and availability
4. Bee package #3: new queen and 2-3 pounds of bees in your box: Call for prices and availability.

Bee packages come with email mentoring.

On-site hive inspections and consultations: Travel reimbursement required. Call for prices and availability

Honey extraction: Call for pricing

Andy Westrich
Hampton Apiary
Hampton, VA
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 757-513-2467
Please call for availability
NUC: 5 medium frames in buyer’s box: Overwintered Virginia Bees, No Chemicals, State Inspected
Bees from Structural removals in buyer’s box:
New Woodenware available
Please call for availability and pricing.

Pete Ostrowski
8825 Blakes View Road
Bena, VA
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 804-815-6535
Please call for availability
NUC: 5 medium frames in buyer’s box: Call for prices and availability, no frame exchange

Tom Fifer
9380 Varina Rd.
Richmond, VA
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 804 795 1898
Nucs: Call for prices and availability

Hunter Apiaries
2111 Pleasant Hill Dr.
Pulaski, VA
Contact: Karl Hunter
Email: [email protected]
Queens: Minnesota Hygenic
Nuc: Available 2nd week of April

Paul Kinser
4430 Farmview Rd.
Stanley, VA
Telephone: 540 860 1424
Email: [email protected]
Queens: Russian
NUC: Deep frames or medium frame in buyer’s box.
Call for prices and availability

Mike March and Chuck Hutto
Franklin County, VA
Telephone: 540 493 1688
Call for prices and availability
Available late Spring

Robert Wellemeyer
Call for prices and availability: Packages and Italian queens
3# Packages w/Italian queen, extra queens, Will begin delivery about March 20th, 2nd load to follow about a week later, delivery in Castleton, VA., delivery date subject to change due to weather. Email is best way to place order, follow with deposit. FULL PAYMENT DUE BY MARCH 12. WE WILL NOTIFY YOU FOR PICK UP VIA EMAIL CONTACT INFO. IF YOU DON’T HAVE EMAIL, PLEASE PROVIDE PHONE NUMBER.

Nucs available sometime in early April. Nucs will be 4 full depth or 5 medium depth frames w/ queen, Call for prices and availability. Please specify medium or full depth.

Marked Queens – additional cost added to above prices for each queen.

50% deposit to book orders, balance due March 12th. Checks payable to:
Windsong Apiaries.

PLEASE BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION–PHONE NUMBERS or E-MAIL We will notify you when we are on our way back.

Send payment to:
Windsong Apiaries
120 Mill Run Lane
Castleton, VA 22716

Ph: 540-937-7775
Cell: 540-229-5359
e-mail: [email protected]

WG Bee Farm
Frank Wyatt
Eden, NC
Email: [email protected] rc.net
Telephone: 336 635 5821
Queens: Minnesota Hygenic Italian and Carniolan
Call for prices and availability

Highland Honey & Apiaries, Co.
24228 Club View Dr.
Gaithersburg, MD
Contact: Jim Fraser
Telephone: 301 518 9678
Email: [email protected]