This hive is an excellent choice for beginners. The hive began as a previous year nucleus hive established with local healthy bees in the early summer and headed by a young vigorous queen. We breed our queens from our local stock that has been developed to deal with our cold, and wet winters. We expect our queens to create calm hives that are good honey producers. These queens have successfully overwintered their hives and thus, are proven over wintering queens. This significantly reduces the risk of losing a late spring nucleus hive in the first winter of a new beekeepers life. 

Over Wintered 6 Frame Hives Available March 2022

  • Unlike a late spring nucleus hive, this overwintered hive has a full complement of bees with a correct temporal relationship in the ages of the bees and the distribution of tasks in the hive. The hive is a well-organized society with worker bees, nurse bees, guard bees, and foragers all in place.

    Given average weather conditions, the hive will produce honey for you in this year, while leaving enough on the hive to over-winter successfully. 

    The hive comes with approximately 40 to 50 percent more drawn comb than your average late spring nucleus hive.  The lack of drawn comb is the single most limiting aspect in the development of a spring nucleus hive. Simply put, the queen has nowhere to lay. This queen is already laying and comes to you with two frames of drawn comb that are empty so she can continue laying while the colony strength builds up and more comb is drawn. Drawn comb is a very valuable resource as it takes bees seven to eight times more energy to draw comb then to make honey.  So, the necessity of making comb prevents the bees from storing honey.  For this reason, late spring nucleus colonies usually must be fed most of the first year. Your over-wintered hive will only require feeding during periods of dearth.  Once Maple blooms she will be self-sufficient until June.  If we get a blackberry flow in June, she will usually be self-sufficient until fall.

    The six frame deep hive will be placed in your new Langstroth deep box, along with an in hive frame feeder and three undrawn frames which you will provide.

    The six frame medium hive will be placed in your Langstroth medium super, along with an in hive frame feeder which you will provide. This hive is specifically designed for the beekeeper who plans to keep her bees all in medium supers, and therefore cannot accommodate deep frames.

    Both these configurations work with Eight Frame Equipment as well.