Sell your spare nucs


Notes on the information buyers ask for when buying a nuc.

What is the frame size? it is important that the bees are on frames that will fit the buyer's hive
How many frame of brood and stores does the nuc consist of? Generally from three to six.
How old is the queen? It is important to state if the queen is a new queen, last years queen or an older queen.
Is the queen marked? It needs to be stated whether the queen is marked or not and whether the marking is the
correct colour for the year the queen was bred in.
What kind of traveling box will the bees be in? There are several different boxes on the market and boxes
can be home made.
What kind of bees are they? The strain of bee and whether the bees/queen were imported may help answer
this question to some degree - but I always say my bees are Norfolk Mongrels
When were your bees last inspected by bee inspector? State when your bees last had an inspection.
Has your apiary ever had any notifiable diseases? Hopefully there has never been any AFB or EFB in your
apiary or anywhere near you.
Have the bees been recently treated for Varroa mites? If you have a full record of your inspections and treatments
and can provide that with your nuc that's good practice.

The aim of this site is to put local buyers in touch with local sellers.

Advice on making up a nuc - click here

If you would like me to help you sell your bees then please email me - 

A few words about nucs

Not all nucs are the same. Apart from the number of frames in the nuc there is the age of the queen to consider. A nuc made 
up in the spring and sold in the early summer will have a young queen only a few weeks old. An over wintered nuc sold early in 
the season will have a queen bred the year before, a queen that has survived a winter.
Plus or minus? There are advantages in having a nuc early in the year that is ready for rapid expansion. If you replacing a colony 
lost in the winter the advantage is obvious. An overwintered nuc can also be used to give an old colony new vigour and prevent
swarming or start a new colony from scratch. 
A nuc in the early summer with a new queen gives you the chance to build up a new colony in the summer ready to take through 
the winter and be ready as a strong colony at the start of the season. Ready to put supers on for the spring honey crop.