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Nuc vs. Package and Local Providers of Bees

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We think it's best to buy bees most local to your area. You are probably well-aware of all the big bee providers already, but this page provides a local list of providers. Keep in mind that package bees are often shipped in. So, even though you are buying them from a local provider, they may not be local bees. We believe the providers below who sell packages will be honest with you if you ask. So, what's the difference between a nuc and a package of bees?

Package bees exist to get those wanting bees, some bees. They are cheaper than nucs. They usually come with a queen isolated in a queen cage along with 3 or 4 pounds of bees. The weight/amount of bees will affect the cost of the package.

The queen was most likely added to the package of bees (introduced) before being provided to you. The package will also have a can with sugar syrup allowing the bees to drink since there are no frames of honey and it's possible the package traveled a distance. You have to install the package into a hive with frames in your apiary. It's best if you have a drawn frame or two available. The queen is likely still a virgin, and will need to go out and get mated before she returns to the hive to begin laying eggs. As a result, it takes a package a while to get going and build up. You should not expect a honey harvest the first year, but there are things you can do (such as feeding) to bolster the success of the colony.

A package of bees. Image courtesy of Bastin Honey Farm
A package of bees. Image courtesy of Bastin Honey Farm

Nucleus Colony (or nuc,) is more likely to have been overwintered locally in a local beekeepers yard. A nuc could have been overwintered as a larger hive and then split off into a smaller one... or, some producers will overwinter actual nucs taking precautions to protect the smaller colony over the winter.

Nucs are more expensive because typically, the queen has already been mated and is laying in a series of frames that have already been drawn out. You are buying a small, working, further-progressed colony of bees along with drawn frames filled with eggs, honey and pollen. Bees and the frames are usually transferred from the nuc box to a hive body and they get right to work. It's common to pay a small fee for the box or equipment that you get your bees in and then get a refund when you return it.

Nucleus Colony (Nuc). Image courtesy of Bastin Honey Farm
Nucleus Colony (Nuc). Image courtesy of Bastin Honey Farm

Please be sure to ask your questions to each provider for details. Each provider is usually different and the ones below will be honest with you answering your questions.

We hope you'll look into these people who work hard to provide a quality, local product. Tell them SIBA sent you. Do you want to be added to this list? Just send us your information.

This page was last updated January 20, 2021.

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Garry & Kathy's Nucs and Queens

100% Indiana bred and raised. We are long-standing members of the Indiana queen breeders. All of the open and capped brood will be the reflection of the newly mated queen. We require 50% down at placement of order the balance is due at pick up. There is not any shipping for these five frame nucs and they MUST be picked up at our apiary.

The price for the five frame Nucs Is $200 there is 100% satisfaction guaranteed. You may order at any time but pick up for the Nucs Will start the third week of May.

The price for a mated queen is $45 and we do ship the shipping cost is added to the price of the queen. These will be ready by the second week of May.

The price for a virgin queen is $20 and we do ship these also.

Typically we have queen cells weekly but advance notice must be made they are pick up only.

14759 St. Rd. 350
Moores Hill, IN 47032

H. 812-744-1402
C. 812-221-4107

Tim Hess

Buckfast bees. Comes in white cardboard nuc box. $180.00 each. 5-Frame nucs available around June 6 – Tebbes Ave. in Greendale

812-584-0196 or Email

IndyBeeSupply

Nucs & Packages

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Tyson Hermes

5-Fr. nucs with mated marked queen in a painted wooden box for $200. Return the box for $15 refund. Nucs are available for pickup in Florence KY.

859-992-2470 or Email

Bastin Honey Bee Farm

5-frame nuc in a re-usable plastic nuc box (yours to keep). $185 Deep frames only. Most frames are wood with black plastic foundation. Pick up availability will be in the order that we receive payment and will start as early as we can possibly get nucs out (most likely late April, early May). All orders must be paid in full to reserve your spot. Shipping not available, all nucs must be picked up at our store. Nucs will have Indiana Queens, 5 frames containing brood, honey, pollen, and space for them to draw comb. Queen marking is not available. Queens may be Italian, Carniolan, or a mix as we run all types. Queens are guaranteed to lay. We will replace queens that fail if notified in a timely manner after pickup.

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Scott Hayse

Now taking orders for 2021 packages. 3lb. Packages $140 ea. Packages will be picked up at the former Graham's Bee Works in Morgantown, IN on April 14th.

317-626-8542 or Website

Bohman Bee Company

2021 Nuc
$195 with $45 deposit due at order

Nuc consists of:

  • A 2021 mated and laying queen (non-marked)
  • Pro Nuc Box
  • 5 deep frames consisting of:
    • 2 deep frames of current queen brood
    • 2 deep frames of honey/pollen/brood
    • 1 frame mixed of bees, honey/pollen/brood/foundation for expansion

* Bees can change occupancy of frames as they see fit.

Pick Up Information:
244 W. LaGrange Rd.
Hanover, IN 47243

Pick Up will be late May to early June on a Saturday morning. These dates will be announced by the beginning of April. At that time you will need to choose which date you prefer and pay the balance of your order prior to pick up. 

812-292-1076
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Jerry Gordon

Northwest Indiana – 5 frame Nucs for pick up in Lake Village Indiana 46349 – www.indianahoneybees.com

219-242-3100

Tree City Bee Company

5 frame nuc in a waxed cardboard nuc box.  Pick up of nucs will begin at the end of May. Honey bees are locally adapted Indiana survivor stock. Please order at our website.  All queens are found to be laying before releasing nucs to customers for pickup. Customers will be notified by email when the nucs are ready to schedule a pickup. IF YOU ARE PART OF A CLUB OR ORGANIZATION THAT WOULD LIKE TO ORDER BEES. WE ARE WILLING TO WORK OUT DELIVERY IF YOU ORDER ENOUGH.

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812-614-7080

Mark Dehnart

Mark Daniel’s bee company has 3 pound packages for $135 ready for pick-up first week of May. Nucs for $200 ready for pick-up end of May in Porter IN 46304 – www.mdbees.com

219-242-3644 or Email