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5 Frame Nuc of Bees

Product Code: BEE006
$379.50
(Inc. GST)
$330.00
(Ex. GST)
(Inc. GST)
(Ex. GST)
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5 Frame Nuc of Bees

5 Frame Nuc of Bees

$379.50 (Inc. GST)
$330.00 (Ex. GST)

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NUCS are now on pre order for Spring 2024, the first pick up date is September the 27th, courier nucs will be sent out on the 30th. All dates for other months are available below. If you wish to have a nuc for another month please specify on checkout, there is a little message box where you can write a message, we will send you an email confirmation with details of your order with all the information you need to know. We have limited stock available so if you want your nucs for a certain month get your order in while stocks last. 

Nuc pick up and or delivery dates are below for 2024/25

  • September 27th Pick up, Sept 30th Courier, Pre order Now On! 
  • October 26th Pick up, Oct 28th Courier
  • November 23rd Pick up, Nov 25th Courier
  • December 14th Pick up, Dec 16th Courier
  • January 25th pick up, Jan 27th Courier

Ceracell Nucleus Colony

This comes with 5 frames of bees, 2 frames of brood, 3 frames of honey and pollen stores and a laying queen. 

What is a nucleus of bees and why is it called a nucleus? Basically it is a small number of bees that are just large enough in population to help the single queen bee grow and develop the small colony into a larger colony. Beekeepers call it nucleus because of the similarities of a single cell hence the word Nuc short for Nucleus.

NUCLEUS hives or 'NUCs' are supplied as frames only, to be placed within an existing (empty) hive setup. If you are new to beekeeping this can be a nice way to ease yourself into it, as your confidence will grow as the colony size does. For others, Nucs provide an affordable way to increase hive numbers.

A lot of people like buying a Nuc as it is an affordable way of getting into beekeeping compared to a full 10 frame colony. A Nuc just takes longer to grow to a full colony relative to a 10 frame colony. A 5 frame Nuc generally has about 5,000 bees compared to a  10 frame colony which has anywhere between 20,000 bees to 30,000. 

Nucs are not available year-round, we will need you to order and they will be ready end of September. A lot of Hobbyists tend to want bees right away, the season of August, September, and early to mid-October bees are busy building their colonies up out of Winter. So in order for us to make Nuc's we need our original colonies to grow in order for us to split the colonies, so it is simply a scheduling thing for us beekeepers.

We can also meet you at our collection locations to give you your nucs, if you are close to the below meet locations in the North Island, for our South Island customers we will need to send you the nuc in the post.

Locations for Collections: North - South

  • Ceracell Beekeeping Supplies: 23 Ra Ora Drive, East Tamaki, 2013
  • 124b Plantation Road, Rangiriri, Waikato, 3782

North/South Island shipping to your address is $55.00+GST (per Nuc). Unless you can pick up from the locations above, please select the option you want to go with at Shipping.

Rego A8772

Customer Reviews

8 Review
  • 5 Frame Nuc of Bees 4

    Posted by Paul on 22nd Nov 2023

    I bought two nuc's. One was a bit more populated than the other but both are coming on great. Nice calm busy bees. Thanks guys

  • 5 frame nuc of bees 5

    Posted by Howard on 21st Nov 2023

    Very happy with how they weee packaged and the condition of them Thanks for the great service

  • 5 frame Nuc 5

    Posted by Karen Pewhairangi on 16th Mar 2023

    Excellent delivery service.. I received my bees within 24 hours. They are doing really well. I purchased 2 Nucs and have got 4 20kg buckets of clover and wildflower honey.

  • 5 Frame Nut of Bees 5

    Posted by Andy Spence on 21st Dec 2022

    Excellent bees and queen. Supplied in really good condition and doing fine

  • Excellent service 5

    Posted by Lance Goodall on 12th Dec 2022

    Bees arrived well parcelled and in good condition. Excellent communications during transport. Five days later the hive is healthy, the queen is busy and new eggs and grubs are very evident.

  • 5 frame nuc 4

    Posted by Unknown on 18th Nov 2022

    all went well with pick up. Installed without problem. Queen and company doing well !

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