Ohio OverWintered - 5 Frame Nucs - Starter Hives

Strong Healthy Northeast Ohio Nucleus Bee Colonies

We are proud to offer mite resistant, winter hardy, gentle honey bees.

Elmridge Party Center - Canal Fulton, Ohio
Landerhaven Cleveland Ohio
Fountain Blue Event Center - Avon Lake Ohio

We offer VSH-Italian or Saskatraz Queens with our Nucs.

VSH-Italian

VSH-Italian queen bees are bred exclusively from instrumentally inseminated VSH breeder queens, and are selected for mite resistance, gentleness and rapid spring buildup. VSH stands for Varroa Sensitive Hygiene, and is one of the keys to keeping healthy, mite-resistant colonies. The VSH trait was originated from USDA stock in Louisiana, and later developed commercially by a number of US commercial queen breeders.

Bees exhibiting the VSH trait interfere with the reproduction of varroa mites by detecting and removing bee pupae that are infested with varroa mites. This VSH activity slows the spread of varroa, and keeps mite populations below damaging thresholds.

Our mite counts in the fall of 2018 were at zero because of the VSH trait in these bees. We have also found that the VSH line overwinters well in Ohio and builds up fast in the spring for a great honey crop.

Learn more about: Varroa sensitive hygiene

Saskatraz Hybrid

Saskatraz hybrids are produced by Olivarez Honey Bees using Saskatraz breeder queens constructed in Saskatchewan, Canada by Meadow Ridge Enterprises

Saskatraz breeder queens are selected for honey production, wintering ability, temperament, tracheal mite resistance, varroa tolerance / resistance and brood diseases. The Saskatraz breeding program uses recurrent natural selection to select for varroa tolerance in productive colonies with good economic traits. The OHB Saskatraz Hybrid have been crossed high VSH lines to increase stability of the varroa tolerant trait.

Bees exhibiting the VSH trait interfere with the reproduction of varroa mites by detecting and removing bee pupae that are infested with varroa mites. This VSH activity slows the spread of varroa, and keeps mite populations below damaging thresholds.

We have found the Saskatraz bees overwinter well in Ohio, have great honey production and are the most gentle bees we have ever worked with.

Learn more about: Saskatraz Honey Bees

2019 Saskatraz Queen

5 Frame NUC - 2019 Saskatraz Queen - Ready to pick up now.

HoneyBee Nucs are $165 total - $65 Deposit to reserve - $100 due at pick up. Ready to pick up now. Nucs will have 5 deep frames of bees, 4 with brood of various stages, pollen, honey, 1 deep frame partially drawn foundation, and a 2019 laying Saskatraz Queen. Nucs, or nucleus colonies, are small honey bee colonies created by dividing larger colonies and evaluated for 3 weeks. Pickup in Uniontown, Ohio 44685. Shipping is not available. Please read below for more info.

   $165.00 Total
   $65.00 Deposit

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Our apiary is certified diesease and pest free by the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture.

More about our bee nucs

Bee Hive Nucs will have 5 deep frames of bees with brood, pollen, honey, and a laying Queen. At home you will need your own deep hive body, bottom board, 5 empty frames, a feeder, a lid, a hive tool, bee veil or jacket, beekeeping gloves, and a smoker.

Queen will be in nuc and laying for at least 3 weeks before pickup so I can evaluate her performance and make sure you are getting a quality queen. Nucs will be in Jester plastic nuc boxes at pickup.

Because there is brood hatching and young bees emerging, nucs build up more quickly than packages and need to be transferred to full size colonies immediately. They will usually be ready for a second brood box within a few weeks of installation. Nucs should be fed until all frames in the first and second brood chamber are drawn out.

Build and paint your hives ahead of getting your bees, as you will need to install the bees in their new home the day you get them. Don’t wait!

All you need to bring when you pickup your bees is a veil or jacket and a pair of gloves.

If you are just starting in beekeeping I highly recommend starting with two or more hives. Having two hives allows you to compare their build up and also to share resources. For example, if you have one hive that is weak with only a few frames of brood and your other is strong with lots of bees and brood you can give the weak hive a frame of brood from the strong colony. There are lots of other reasons to keep 2 or more, however if you are comfortable only starting with one your first year then start with one! If you have any questions about the nucs feel free to email: mike@HartvilleHoney.com

Terms

HoneyBee Nucs must be picked up at Hartville Honey Bee Farm in Uniontown, Ohio 44685. Shipping is not available. Specific date and time for pick-up will be emailed to you as we get closer to May 2019.

Returns & Refunds: There are no returns or refunds once the customer accepts the bee package or nuc at our pickup location in Uniontown, Ohio. If for some reason, I am unable to fill the order, the customer will be due a full refund. Honey Bee Nucs will be available in May, weather depending, and no later than June 2. If the nucs are not ready for pickup by June 2 at the latest, the customer is due a full refund at their request. If the customer fails to pick up the nuc after having been notified that the nuc is ready for pickup, this does not give the customer the right to a refund.

Deposit is due at time of order to hold the nuc for you. Balance of $100 is due at pickup in cash or cashiers check only.

The customer understands and acknowledges that bees and nucs are living creatures and are perishable. Hartville Honey Bee Farm will not be responsible or liable for loss of bees or nucs due to overheating once they are received by the customer. It is the responsibility and duty of the customer to insure that packages and nucs are kept cool and out of direct sun until they are installed in hives.

Honey Bee Nucs are the easiest way for beginners to establish new hives.

Gear you MUST have before you pick up your bee nucs!

One deep frame box (8 or 10 size).

Enough empty frames to fill 1st box (3 for an 8 box / 5 for a 10 box).

Bottom and top boards.

You will need at least 1, even 2 more boxes with frames as the season advances, depending on bees vigor, climate etc.

It would also help if you had a hive tool, bee veil or jacket, beekeeping gloves, feeder and a smoker.

I can assist you with geting this equipment.

February 3, 2019 Pictures of our Overwintering Colonies

Elmridge Party Center - Canal Fulton, Ohio
Landerhaven Cleveland Ohio
Fountain Blue Event Center - Avon Lake Ohio
Elmridge Party Center - Canal Fulton, Ohio
Landerhaven Cleveland Ohio
Fountain Blue Event Center - Avon Lake Ohio

It's all about the bees!