Packages or NUCs

This is a question that many newbees ask as they get into beekeeping. Should I buy a package, or should I get a NUC (short for Nucleus colony). Each has its advantage. A package of bees typically comes in a small wooden box as pictured and is available in two and three pound sizes. A pound of bees is normally about 3,000 - 3,500 bees. The package package includes from 7,000-10,000 bees, a mated queen and a can of sugar water for the bees to eat until they are in their new home. The queen is in her own small cage with a few attendants and candy. The queen is not known to this group of bees. The bees eat the candy over a few days which allows the bees to become familiar with her and final

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