4747 Norrisville Road, White Hall, MD 21161 (410)329-6671 or www.SnydersApiaries.com
Nucleus hives, or nucs, are small 5 frame colonies made by dividing existing colonies in the early spring. Each nuc is given a queen cell and allowed time to establish itself. When you receive your nuc, it will consist of 5 frames with a combination of brood, honey and pollen. A 5 frame nuc is composed of approximately 3.5 pounds of bees (~12,000 bees) and an additional ~17,000 cells of brood in various stages of development. Because there is brood hatching and young bees emerging, nucs will build up faster than packages and need to be transferred to full size colonies as soon as possible. They will usually be ready for a second brood box within two weeks of installation. Nucs should be fed until all frames in the first and second brood chamber are drawn out or in all three brood chambers if using Illinois/medium boxes.
If your pickup is in the evening, the entrance is closed when you arrive. If your pickup is in the morning, we close the entrance the evening before. For morning pickups, you need to arrive between 7AM to 9AM. For evening pickups, you need to arrive at dusk. The nucs are in a waxed paste board box with a lid. We supply a plastic plug for closure and a large rubber band to hold the lid on.
Tentative pickup dates are early April through mid-April but are subject to change due to inconsistencies in spring weather. Pick up date preference is first come, first served. You will be notified by email when the nucs are available for pickup. The email you receive will give you information as to what days the nucs can be picked up and you will schedule a pickup date and time in a return email.
5 frame nucs with an Italian VSH queen are $170.00 each.
If the queen is dead in your nuc we will replace the queen.
Please Note: We are unable to ship nucs.
Packages consist of 3 pounds of bees, approximately 10,000 bees, in a screened cage, with a laying queen in a separate cage. Also included is a can of syrup to provide food for the bees during transport. The packages come from Hardeman’s Apiary, in Mount Vernon, Georgia. They are transported directly by truck, arriving at Snyder’s Apiaries soon after packaging. Package bees are an economical and effective means of starting a beehive. The tentative pickup date is April 13th. The pickup date is subject to change due to inconsistencies in spring weather. We will contact you via email when we know the actual pickup date.
3# Package bees with an Italian queen are $108.00, packages with a Russian queen are $111.00.
If the queen supplied with the package bees is dead, we have a limited supply of replacement queens available for this eventuality. If we have depleted the supply of replacement queens, we will give you the contact information for our package bee supplier and they will mail a replacement queen directly to you. This allows for your receipt of a replacement queen in a timelier fashion. Please Note: We are unable to ship package bees.
Early queens are available for requeening colonies or doing splits. Italian queens are $26.00 each and Russian queens are $29.00 each.
We can ship queens to you via Express Mail or Overnight.
Ordering Information for Snyder's Apiaries
For all orders please help us make sure your contact information is correct when you place your order so we can notify you when we know the pickup date.
Ordering: Email www.SnydersApiaries@zoominternet.net or call us at 410-329-6671 with your nuc, package bee or queen order. We will email you an order confirmation at the time of your order.
Payment: Full payment is due when your order is placed. Cancellations: Bee orders cancelled before March 31st will be refunded the purchase of the package or nuc. If cancelling after March 31st, then no refund will be made UNLESS we can resell the package or nuc.
Returns & Refunds: There are no returns or refunds once the customer accepts the bee package or nuc at our White Hall location.
Additional Orders: Need additional equipment when you pick up your bees? Placing an order, a week or so prior to your pick up date ensures it's ready for you when you get here!
Terms and Conditions
The customer understands and acknowledges that bees and nucs are living creatures and are perishable. Snyder’s Apiaries will not be responsible or liable for loss of bees or nucs due to overheating once they are received by the customer. It is the responsibility and duty of the customer to ensure that packages and nucs are kept cool and out of direct sun until they are installed in hives.
Bee orders cancelled before March 31st will be refunded the purchase price of the package or nuc. If cancelling after March 31st, then no refund will be made UNLESS we can resell the package or nuc.
Returns & Refunds: There are no returns or refunds once the customer accepts the bee package or nuc at our location in White Hall.
Please Note: Beekeeping is a form of agriculture and is subject to the whims of Mother Nature. Snyder’s Apiaries will do its best to deliver the bees on time; however, unfavorable weather may prevent us from doing so. Should there be a change in delivery dates, we will contact you and post information on our website.
Snyder's Apiaries, LLC
4747 Norrisville Rd
White Hall, MD 21161
Phone: 410 329-6671
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Thursday - Friday 1 PM - 8 PM
Saturday 8 AM - 1 PM
Other times please call to make an appointment. As we may be out working the bees.
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