April finds our honey bees reproducing. This field of nucs is the beginner hives for our beekeepers, a veritable nursery. You'll notice that there are different colors on each skid and each nuc is facing a different direction. Even when sitting atop a fully grown hive, we face the entrance in the opposite direction.
This helps the queen find her way home more easily after her mating flight.
Inside each box is 2 frames of brood with bees, a frame of honey and a frame with foundation. This gives the hive a great start. Then our beekeepers add a queen cell that has been selectively grafted from gentle, high-production hives. Once the queen hatches, she takes about a week to develop and then leaves the nuc for her mating flights.