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I installed a package of bees for the first time a few weeks ago. You can watch my experience in this post: (How to install a bee package) in your hive and I’m quite certain I’m falling in love with my bees…shhhh, please don’t share this article with my husband. 😉 But! My husband is also fanning the flame! He said yes to a nuc after I got the call they were ready! So now I will learn how to install a nucleus colony!
So, I now have a really strong hive that weathered the winter well, a package of bees that is going strong and now a nuc, or Nucleus Colony to install. I’m officially a beekeeper! Nucleus colonies by definition are “small honey bee colonies created from larger colonies. The term refers both to the smaller size box and the colony of honeybees within it. The name is derived from the fact that a nuc hive is centered on a queen, the nucleus of the honey bee colony.”
My husband graciously drove over 2 hours to pick up the hive. Pick up times for nucs are usually early in the morning or late in the evening. This insures that all the bees are home before they close up the entryways. Because of circumstances and distance, my husband picked up our bees at 8 pm and was home about 10:30 pm.
As soon as they arrived home I placed the nucleus colony exactly where I would be placing the hive box with the entryway facing the same direction the hive would end up. I then opened up the entryway so that the next morning they could get out to make their orientation flight in their new surroundings. They needed to be able to get out and scout around to find the pollen and nectar in the area.
After allowing them to orient themselves for about a day, I placed them in their hive, remembering to place the frames in exactly the same order they were in the nuc box. Because they are a new hive, I put in a pollen patty to give them a good protein source as they are getting established. I also purchased some deliciously smelling essential oil patties from the beekeepers I purchased my nuc from. I also filled a jar of sugar-water for them to give them a boost.
Use this free printable of the steps to take on how to install a nucleus colony: INSTALLING A NUCLEUS COLONY
Also, you can watch the process on how to install a nucleus colony in this video:
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I also added a pollen patty to my hive. Here’s how I made it: How to make (pollen patties)
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