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Tidewater Beekeepers Association Nucleus Hive Program


So What IS A NUC?

A nucleus colony, or nuc, is essentially a smaller hive, sometimes in a smaller box, consisting of bees in all stages of development, as well as food, a laying queen, and enough workers to cover from three to five combs (Figure 17). When placed into a full-sized hive body and given supplemental feeding, the nuc usually expands rapidly into a strong colony. When started in early spring, these hives may produce surplus honey in their first year under favorable weather and nectar flow conditions. The advantages of starting with a nuc rather than a package include: faster colony development due to the presence of brood and no break in the queen’s laying cycle; ease of establishing the unit in your own equipment; and a chance to inspect the nuc before purchasing

Nucs should include:
  • 3 Frames of brood
  • 2 Frames of food stores
  • 1 Queen that laid the brood
  •  VA State Inspection 





Tidewater Beekeepers Association Nucleus Hive Program


Tidewater Beekeepers Association has established a Local Nuc Buying Program to assist TBA members in getting started in beekeeping, expanding beekeeping operations, replacing lost hives and finding locally raised bees.

How it works: 

You sign up below using the Nuc Hive Buyers Form at the bottom of this page to be added to the next position on the list. 


The list is maintained by our Nuc Coordinator Beverly Steffel. If you have questions about the nuc program please contact nucs@tidewaterbeekeepers.net

When your number comes up a local bee producer will contact you using your contact information to make arrangements. 

The Nucleus Hive Program is here for your convenience to assist members in obtaining bees locally. Tidewater Beekeepers Association does not make any endorsements and is not responsible for any part of your transaction with the vendor.Tidewater Beekeepers Association will not be held accountable or liable for any transactions between nuc sellers and buyers. TBA will investigate all complaints by sellers and buyers who violate the nuc program conditions and TBA Bylaws. 


TO SIGN UP FOR OUR NUC LIST PLEASE USE THIS LINK: Local Nuc List (Buyers Form)

All TBA member sellers and buyers must be in compliance with TBA Bylaws. 

2019 Nucleus Colony Producers

To be listed as a nuc producer on our website and Facebook page you must be a member in good standing with TBA and apply below with a copy of your current Virginia State Apiary inspection


INTERESTED IN BECOMING A TBA NUC PRODUCER

All TBA producers must meet requirements according to the TBA Bylaws and must provide proof they are authorized to sell bees in the state of Virginia with proof of Virginia State Health Inspection for the current year.

To Become a TBA Nuc Producer please fill out this form and attach your Virginia State Health Inspection 

If you have any other supporting documents (i.e out of state transportation permit and inspections if from another state) you must also upload those under out-of-state.

Applications must be renewed annually


PLEASE USE THIS LINK TO APPLY:  Nuc Producer Application

YOU CAN GO BACK AND EDIT TO UPLOAD YOUR CURRENT INSPECTION







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