MANAGEMENT OF YOUR NUCLEUS HIVE
If you have no experience with bees we recommend a bee school and/or a good book or 2. We think Beekeeping for Dummies is a good starter book.

Make sure you have a complete hive ready for them as soon as you get them. You will need to transfer the frames to a 8 or 10 frame hive body [your choice] as soon as possible after receiving the nucs. If the weather is inclement and you can't transfer the bees, open the nuc entrance and let the bees fly. When you get home with your nuc, place it in its permanent location. Choose a sunny spot if possible [we find that bees do better when in the sun most of the day] with some shelter from the dominant winds [you'll want this next winter]. Elevate your hive. Cement blocks work well for this.
Step-by-step do the following:
Install your empty equipment in place, ready to receive the bees and their frames from the nucs.

When transferring the frames of brood and bees into your full-size equipment, take care not to injure the queen.  Do it delicately, trying not to crush any bees if possible.

Remove all empty frames from the brood chamber, or remove the 4 center frames.

Begin transferring the nucleus by removing the frame of foundation first.  Put in the brood chamber or put aside for later use.

Gently pry apart the other frames and remove them one by one and transfer them into the brood chamber.

Keep them together in the center of the box, making sure they are positioned the same way they were in the nucbox, in relation to one another.

Replace or add empty frames on either side to fill the box.

Reduce entrance.  Install the inner cover.
Keep checking [every 7 - 10 days] to be sure they are not overcrowded and do not swarm. It will set you back considerably. Be sure to look for the queen or evidence of her presence [eggs, larvae] with every inspection.. It is not necessary to see the queen on each visit, but you should look for the eggs and larvae. If they are present your queen is probably in the hive. Be careful not to roll her when you remove frames from the nuc. Always remove an outside frame first and lift it out SLOWLY and carefully. Try not to wear gloves when you handle bees. We think it makes one careless and you are much less likely to harm the queen or other bees. Use smoke sparingly in the nuc. nucs are small colonies and not generally aggressive if you move slowly and carefully. Do not be afraid to inspect the hive regularly. Although the bees often do well without inspection, you need to learn about them and get comfortable working them.

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