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  1. Phillip
    December 2, 2010

    The good folk at the NL Bee Company just confirmed my order for two more nucs in 2011.

    Now we wait to see if our first two hives survive the winter.

    If for some reason they die of starvation, at least we’ll have two hives with fully drawn comb in them. In which case, I think all we’d have to do is order some bees and a queen (what some people call a package of bees), not a nuc box with frames, just the bees. Then it’s just a matter of dumping the bees in the old hives. They would probably take to the hives easily because they wouldn’t have to do any work to build up the comb. Plenty of room for the queen to start laying. Plenty of room for honey stores.

    Still, the best case scenario is for our bees to survive the winter. I’d love to see them come back to life in the spring.

  2. Jeff
    December 2, 2010

    Do the NL bee Company do packaged bees?

    I figured they only did nucs. I have to call them to confirm my bees for next year too.

    • Phillip
      December 2, 2010

      Do the NL bee Company do packaged bees?

      I don’t know, but I assume it wouldn’t be difficult for them. They could use the same cardboard boxes they use for their nucs, put the queen in a queen cage, add a little moist granulated sugar to keep the bees alive for their day of transport, and dump 4 or 5 frames of bees in the box. That would probably work.

      Or maybe they have regular cages that are often used for packages. They look like this:


      I’d build the cage for them if that’s what it took.

      But my bees are going to survive the winter.

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