A Nucleus Hive (NUC)
is a small established colony of bees. It differs from a package by including drawn out frames
and a laying queen
. At the start, they may have less bees than a 3 pound package; however, because the queen is already laying, there is brood in all stages (eggs, larvae and capped)
, and most of the frames are drawn out comb,a NUC will grow faster than a package. In addition, having an established queen means there are less queen complications, such as: queen acceptance, absconding, or supercedure with a NUC.
Once you have transfered the frames over into your 8 Frame
or 10 Frame
hive, the NUC will continue to grow in population. Provide the feed
they may need and let them grow. No need to go back in to ensure the queen was released or to remove a queen cage. The next step will be to add on the next story to your hive.