Our local honeybee producers deliver nucs from mid-May through June.

Each nuc is a 4-frame starter colony with an Ontario queen.

How Does The Nuc Process Work?

Reserving Your Nuc

Looking to start a new hobby or grow your current apiary? Fill out the honeybee nuc reservation form to be added to our order list this season.

Confirming Your Reservation

You will be contacted by Cleary Feed & Seed after you submit the form about deposit instruction. Each honeybee nuc requires a $100 deposit to be collected before the order is placed with our suppliers. Deposits can be sent via e-transfer to info@cleary.shop

Picking Up Your Nuc

When the honeybee producers let us know the colonies are ready, you will get a call from Cleary Feed & Seed to confirm your designated pick-up window. The bees are sealed by the beekeeper for your protection, and extra tape is available in-store. Some may feel more comfortable wearing gloves and a veil or jacket/suit depending on their transportation configuration.

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Honeybee Nuc

$280.00 CAD

A $100 deposit per nuc will be required to reserve your order. The remainder will be due upon delivery.

Nuc pickups will occur between mid-May and late June.

What's Next?

Installing a Honeybee Nuc

Now that you've transported your bees to their new home it's time to install them into your hive.

This part of the process is time sensitive as the nuc is meant to be a temporary home. If you are not able to install your nuc right away be sure to place them in a well ventilated and shady location.

When you are ready to install your bees, take the lid and the inner cover off of your hive and remove frames to make space for those in the nuc (we recommend taking out at least one extra frame, to give some extra space to work with).

Carefully lift out each nuc frame and transfer them to the hive, making sure not to hit it against the side of the box or the next frame. Remember, the queen can be anywhere in the nuc, so you want to proceed with caution at all times.

Once all of the frames are in the hive there will be quite a few bees left inside on the walls of the nuc; just take a look and make sure that you don't see the queen. If she is still in the nuc help carefully transport the queen to the new hive. Any bees left in the nuc can be gently shook out of the nuc onto the top of the hive.

Lastly, take the nuc away from the hive area so the bees will not return to it.

Carefully close up your hive and give them a week or two to settle before performing your next inspection.

Contact Us

Hours of Operation

Monday: 8:30am - 5:30pm

Tuesday: 8:30am - 5:30pm

Wednesday: CLOSED

Thursday: 8:30am - 5:30pm

Friday: 8:30am - 5:30pm

Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm

Sunday: CLOSED

3020 County Rd 21, Spencerville, ON