raise your own nucleus colony
This program is a great way to obtain your first bees. We purchase and supply queens from a commercial breeder. Under supervision you will set up a nucleus hive at the club apiary.
A corflute nuc and frames of brood from the club hives are provided. Over the next weeks, we guide and assist with inspections; monitoring queen release, commencement of laying and colony establishment.
The program will extend over a month requiring weekly weekend apiary visits. On completion you will take the nuc home to install in your own hive.
Dates are provisional and depend on queen delivery and weather. There is some flexibility with inspection dates allowing a certain amount of individual variation.
Due to limited resources this program is available to members only and capped at 10 places. It is aimed at new members who must have completed a beginners course and will ensure a flying start to their beekeeping career.
Last year's program was an outstanding success with all participants happily installing their bees at home following completion. It was noticeable how quickly handling skills and confidence were built.