Bee Nucs are available for local pick-up ONLY.
We Do NOT ship nucs at this time.
Bee Nucs are available only once per year. If available, Queens can be ordered by special request from April through November.
272 South 700 West
Hurricane, Utah 84737
Any Nucs left by 7:30 a.m. will be sold to customers on the waiting list and package deposits will be forfeited. We CANNOT hold bee Nucs. Please check back often for updates. Bees are live animals and we want to make sure they and you both get a good deal.
Nuc Policy: Nucs become the responsibility of the customer at the time of pick up. A small percentage of bees will have expired in the package during transit. We will inspect your Nuc for a healthy Queen before you arrive, and we HIGHLY ENCOURAGE you to check before you leave with your Nuc. We don’t have control over conditions placed on the Nuc after you leave our location, so we will not guarantee the Queen after pick-up. To be safe, you may want to bring a suit.
Nucleus Hives (Nucs) come in a temporary waxed cardboard box and contain a laying spring queen that has been already been accepted by the hive, 2 frames of brood in all stages, 2 frames of pollen/honey/attending bees, and 1 fresh frame of wax for the bees to work on.
*Refunds are ONLY available if we are not able to deliver your reserved bees on the pick-up date, or 24 hours after.*
There is a possibility that people will not pick up the packages they ordered. (If you do not reserve a package, we cannot guarantee that extra packages will be available.) In this case, you may contact us to be put on the waiting list. The waitlist will be called from the top down and must be picked up immediately. We cannot hold bee packages.
We highly suggest attending a bee class, reading any of the great informational books on beekeeping, or watching some videos on YouTube.
*Price listed is per Nuc.*
*All pick-ups must occur between 6:00am and 7:30am.*
We know it’s early and you might have other things you want to do on a Saturday morning, but…the bees cannot remain sealed in the nuc boxes once the day begins to warm up. They will overheat and can die. We cannot let this happen, so any nucs not picked up by 8:00 a.m. will be placed back into the bee yard and released. Can’t make it on your scheduled pick-up day? Please find a friend or relative who can come and pick them up for you so you don’t lose your bees.
Once you pick up your nuc box(es), head directly to your apiary, ensuring that the bees do not overheat in the car.
Place the nuc box directly on top of or in place of your hive box. Then, open up the entrance to the nuc box, located on one of the short sides, near the bottom. Bees will likely come pouring out of the box, but don’t worry…they’ll soon calm down and get to work.
You do not need to light your smoker for this part, but it is a good idea to try out your new bee veil and hive tool. Sometimes we have to tape the entrance, so your hive tool will help in removing that tape and opening the entrance.
The bees will begin orienting themselves to their new location, so you’ll likely see lots of activity around the hive. Pollen and nectar collection begins almost immediately, so take some time to watch them.
After 24 Hours
It’ll be hard but wait at least 24 hours (or up to one week) before moving the frames of bees from the nuc box into your hive body. It’s a simple procedure.
Follow these steps:
- (1) Light your smoker and put on your veil/jacket/suit.
- (2) Gently puff a bit of smoke near the entrance of the nuc box, then crack open the lid and put some smoke across the tops of the frames.
- (3) Starting from one side of the box, gently lift each frame from the nuc box and place it into the hive body. It’s important to maintain the order and direction of each of the frames during this transfer, as the bees have arranged their resources in a particular way.
- (4) Once all frames have been transferred, there may be some bees remaining in the nuc box. If so, hold the nuc box upside down over the hive and give it a firm tap. Most of the bees will fall into the hive.
- (5) Fill in empty frames on either side of the frames you just installed, keeping the nuc frames toward the center of the box. Be sure to completely fill the box with the appropriate number of frames, either 8 or 10.
- (6) Ensure the entrance reducer is set to the smallest opening.
- (7) Fill your feeder with 1:1 syrup and place feeder in the hive.
- (8) Replace the inner cover and outer cover.
- (9) Sit back and watch the bees!
One Week Later
It’s time to do your first hive inspection.
All questions are presented to local beekeepers who share their information with us on a volunteer basis, they love to help with each question, but do have a lot on their plates and Muddy Bees Bakery is not liable if the beekeepers are unable to contact each person back. So please remember to treat all Muddy Bees employees kindly as they work to get you in contact with those who can help you, and remember that they are not beekeepers themselves.
We will answer any questions that we can and then forward any other questions to each beekeeper, and if you do not receive a response, please reach out to our Washington County Bee Inspector (Casey Lofthouse, 435-467-2787), or you are welcome to schedule a visit with a local beekeeper (rates may vary per beekeeper). We also encourage joining local beekeeping groups for advice, direction, and various questions that you might have. We wish you the best on your beekeeping journey!
Available local beekeepers:
Casey Lofthouse (Washington County Bee Inspector) 435-467-2787
Cory Martin email@example.com
Nick Jordan 435-632-1459
Check the website frequently for updates and follow us on social media (Facebook and Instagram) where we will be posting all updates as they happen.