Our overwintered 8 Frame Medium Honey Bee Nucs (Bring Your Own Box) are the perfect way to get started with beekeeping or to expand your apiary.
Our honey bees are local stock and we make our own splits and nucs. These nucs are overwintered bees and an overwintered queen. The bees and queen are overwintered in Pennsylvania. These nucs (bees and queen) spend their entire lives in Pennsylvania.
Each Nuc includes the following: Laying Queen & Bees on 8 medium frames. You provide your own box that the frames will be transferred into.
This is an active and established overwintered hive. 8 frame medium hives have several advantages over 10 frame deep hives with medium supers.
- Lighter boxes: One of the most difficult parts of beekeeping is lifting the heavy boxes. An 8 frame medium hive weighs full of honey weighs 48 pounds. A 10 frame medium honey super, weighs 60 pounds. And there are a few crazy people who are using 10 frame deep honey supers which weigh 90 pounds full of honey. I’ve lifted a lot of boxes and I can tell you any box full of honey is HEAVY. Save your back, you only get one.
- Interchangeable Frames: Since all frames are the same depth (Brood boxes and supers), frames can be moved anywhere in the hive interchangeably. This gives you as the beekeeper the tools you need to manage your bees more easily. Have some brood in your honey supers? Just move it down into a lower box. Want to make splits with the excess honey from your honey supers? No problem because every frame is interchangeable.
- Simple Nucleus colonies. If you want to make a split from your hive you can use your standard 8 frame box to make a nucleus colony rather than purchasing or building a separate 5 frame nuc. 8 frame medium boxes are just about the same size as the common 5 frame deep boxes.
- Easier foundationless beekeeping: It is a little easier to work with foundationless frames with a medium frame than a deeper frame. This allows you to save money on purchasing foundation and makes it easier to get straight combs in the frames. *Note: Foundationless beekeeping is not necessarily recommended for the beginner beekeeper.
- Less expensive tops and bottoms: Because the 8 frame equipment is narrower than 10 frame equipment your tops and bottoms can be less expensive and if you’re making your own, you can get more per sheet of plywood.
Pickup date is April 8, 2023. 9AM to 7PM at Firefly Meadows Farm 3075 Anchor Road, Washington Boro PA 17582.
We offer a full money back guarantee: If you are unsatisfied with your bees for any reason, bring back the original equipment and bees within 30 days and we will issue a full refund.