Nothing. Zip. Nada. Not a cent.
We don't charge to remove swarms - we do it as a free public service.
We're just nice that way.
Nothing. Zip. Nada. Not a cent..
We don't pay for swarms, but then we don't charge to remove them either. Swarms may turn out to be viable colonies, or they may turn out to be carrying poisons or disease which could result in us having to destroy the bees, and burn the hive we put them in as well, costing us a lot of work and money in the process.
No. For the same reasons we don't pay for swarms, we don't sell them either.
Swarms come with unknown genetics and disease history, usually have an old queen, and while as experienced beekeepers we are prepared to take the risk and give a swarm the months required to establish and prove itself, we wouldn't feel good about passing that risk on to anyone else.
If you want to acquire bees, consider purchasing one of our nucleus colonies. Bred from our established stock, we are confident in their health, temperament and productivity.
We sell nucleus colonies of bees, which include a mated queen, but we do not sell queens on their own. We do produce queens, but only enough for our own needs.
Nuc is short for 'nucleus', so however you pronounce that - new-cleus or noo-cleus - is fine.
(Just don't call it a 'nuck'.)