Now open: 2018 nuc reservations

Bridgetown Bees is pleased to announce that we will again be offering nuc hives from both Foothills Honey Company (located near Molalla, Oregon) and Old Sol Apiaries (located in southern Oregon, near the town of Rogue River). Both are family-run businesses that offer high quality five-frame nucs. Bees have been used to pollinate almonds in California.

Foothills Honey Company Nucs

Queen source:  Hive bees raised near Molalla, with queens from Kona Queens in Hawaii. Queens in these five-frame nucs are either hybrid Italian or hybrid Carniolan. We no longer have a choice. In our experience, both are reliable in our climate.

Price: $160

Down payment: $50 per nuc is required to reserve your nuc (place order through PayPal at the bottom of this page or email glen@bridgetownbees.com to make other payment arrangements). The remaining balance is due at pick-up.

Pick-up dates for Foothills Honey Company nucs:

·         First pick-up (expected): Saturday, April 7, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. This date is likely but we will give you as much advanced notice as possible if it changes.

·         Second pick-up (expected): Saturday, April 21, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. This date is likely but, again, we will give you as much advanced notice as possible if it changes.

·         Third pick-up: Saturday, May 19, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  

Number of frames: Five Langstroth (deep) frames of brood, honey and/or pollen (early nucs sometimes include a mostly undrawn foundation frame); there is no feeder.

Nuc box:  Bees come in white, waxed corrugated cardboard nuc boxes. There is no deposit required and the boxes do not have to be returned.

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Old Sol Apiaries Nucs

Queen source: Hive bees raised in southern Oregon. You can choose either (1) Caucasian queens, or (2) queens from Old Sol survivor stock, which has a diverse background that includes Russians, Caucasians, VSH breeders, Minnesota Hygienics, and, of course, a pinch of Carniolans and Italians. All Old Sol queens are double vetted, and all will be marked--this year the color is red.

Nucs from the first pick-up date will have Oregon queens mated in California. Nucs for later pick-up dates will have queens mated in southern Oregon.

Price: $185 for survivor-stock queens, $195 for Caucasian queens (place order through PayPal at the bottom of this page or email glen@bridgetownbees.com to make other payment arrangements).

Down payment: $50 per nuc is required to reserve your nuc. The remaining balance is due at pick-up.

Nuc box and box deposit:  Old Sol nucs come in wax-coated pine boxes. The tops and bottoms are made with MDO plywood. There is a fully-refundable $40.00 deposit required for each nuc purchased. To get your refund, you must return your boxes within two weeks of nuc pick-up. Returns and refunds are to be made at the place of pick-up.

Pick-up dates for Old Sol nucs:

·         First pick-up: Saturday, April 28, 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. We think this is a firm date, but if it changes, we will give you as much notice as possible.

·         Medium (Western) frames nuc pick-up:  Saturday, April 28, 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

·          Second pick-up: Saturday, May 19, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Number of frames: Five Langstroth (deep) frames (except as noted above) of brood, honey and/or pollen (early nucs sometimes include a mostly undrawn foundation frame); there is no feeder.

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General Information

Cancellations: Orders canceled before the end of the day on Saturday, March 24, will receive a full refund minus a $5.00 handling fee per nuc. No refunds will be given on orders canceled after March 24.

Pick-up location:  Northeast Portland; exact location to be announced later

Frame size for all nucs (except as noted for April 28): These Langstroth frames are standard size (19 7/8" x 9 1/8" x 1 1/8") and will not fit in a top bar or Warre' hive. However, we do offer a transfer service, whereby we will gently move the queen and bees from your ordered nuc to your top bar or Warre' hive. At least one frame with drawn comb is requested from you. The cost for this service is $50. Please email glen@bridgetownbees.com with questions.

Number of bees: Approximately 12,000.

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Bridgetown Bees nucs? We likely will have nucs with our own Bridgetown Bees strain of Portland-raised queens in May or June. We also may be offering limited top bar and Warre' nucs. Please check back later or email glen@bridgetownbees.com.

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