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Get the Jump on Spring 2019 Beekeeping!

Overwintering a nuc (small colony) has several advantages compared to overwintering a full size colony or purchasing a spring package. Compared to a full sized colony, a nuc requires fewer frames of comb (8 to 15 depending upon size and configuration) and about half the amount of winter stores. A nuc that survives the winter will increase its population more rapidly in spring than a package and therefore has a greater chance of producing honey. Furthermore, a nuc that survives the winter demonstrates that it has the genetics to thrive in our environment.

I am selling nucs consisting of 5 MEDIUM frames headed by my locally raised 2018 queen, whose mother survived one or more PA Winters. I also have nucs with a locally raised 2018 queen whose mother is an instrumentally inseminated (pure bred) VSH Carni queen. Each nuc has 3 frames of brood and 2 frames of stores, as well as the associated nurse and field bees. I suggest overwintering your nuc in a total of 3 medium nuc boxes. If you don’t have drawn comb available for their use, the bees will need to build (draw) an additional 10 medium frames for successful overwintering. Expect to feed lots of sugar (50 pounds or more). Instructions and guidance provided.

Summer nucs $155 plus $10 deposit on a waxed cardboard nuc box.

Contact Vincent Aloyo: Vincent.aloyo@gmail.com Requests are honored on a first come, first served basis. Thank you for your interest!

I am PA licensed (C2017-149, through August 28, 2018) to sell Queens and Nucleus colonies. As part of this program, my queen rearing apiaries are inspected by the PA Department of Agriculture twice a year, typically at the beginning and end of the active beekeeping season. I use no antibiotics in my beekeeping operations.

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Screened bottom boards for sale

Screened bottom boards increase ventilation and may help with Varroa mite control.   Brand new. Email vincent.aloyo@gmail.com or contact via “contact” tab on this web site.$16 each.

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