We picked up two nucs early this morning, from a bee farm half an hour away. Nucs are nucleus hives; a box with fully established frames, including a queen, workers, some honey stores, and brood growing.
In this case, the nucs were in cardboard boxes, each with five frames.
Here’s Jenn transferring the frames from the first nuc box to their new home, the orange hive (named for the base color). The hive box has three extra frames for them to expand into, for a total of eight:
The bees were not in a good mood, probably due to being shaken around on the journey, and the liquid smoke wasn’t working. One stung Jenn on the side of her hand through the thin gloves she was wearing.
Here’s the new hive installed, with a sugar syrup feeder, and a pollen patty inside. The nuc box was left in front, so the bees remaining in there can find the hive:
Jenn put on thicker gloves and fired up the smoker for the second nuc. Here she’s looking at a frame while transferring it into the hive:
Another frame, in a cloud of smoke:
The second hive was easier; the smoke really helps. Here Jenn tipped out most of the remaining bees from the box:
Both hives (all four, actually) have a pollen patty to help feed the bees:
The new orange and purple hives:
All four hives: