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Purchase NUC

Buster Will NOT have NUCs for sale spring 2019.

Intro Information

It is YOUR responsibility to read and understand this page in its entirety. This information is extremely important!
Please read this page and the installation instructions page completely before you ask questions.
Buster’s Bees will NOT be responsible for something you did not read.
Please make sure you have completely read the requirements and understand the costs for ordering your NUC. Submitting an order form means you agree, understand and will comply with the information contained in the document.

Ordering mistakes will be your responsibility.
After you successfully submit the form, you will see a thank you page. If you do not see the thank you page, there is something wrong with your form.
Also, you will receive a thank you letter about 5 minutes after you submit your order form. The letter will be sent to the email address that you provided on the form. There is important information in the email, please save it!

If you do not receive an email, the most likely case is that the form was incorrectly filled out. 

We will contact you as soon as your NUC is ready.
Thank you for taking care of the bees!!

What is a NUC?

A NUC is five frames of bees. A "NUC" is short for the word NUCLEUS which means the "center" of a hive. The NUC is a partially drawn out hive that has taken the bees about 6 weeks of work to accomplish. Most of the frames are new wood with Rite-cell Foundation, and will need to be transferred into a larger 8 or 10 frame hive. Each NUC has a new Queen and most of the bees are her offspring. Buster marks all queens, you need to know the age of your queen.

The wooden NUC box that the bees are raised in is sold separately.Must be returned to us in seven days.

How much is a NUC – When/How do I pay – Are there Cancellation Fees?

2018 NUC $165.00
NOTE: Payment in full will be required within 7 days of the order being placed.
Check, money order or cash for payment. Sorry.... No credit cards. YOUR order is cancelled for any NUCs that are not paid for within 7 days.

CANCELLATION FEE FOR NUC ORDERS: All orders are subject to a cancellation fee per NUC.
Please take in consideration our time and effort in preparation to get the NUCs ready!
The cancellation fee for any NUC cancelled after January 1st, 2018 is $50 per NUC.

When should I order?

All orders are first come first serve! We apologize, but we sell out every year. To avoid disappointment, we suggest you place your order as soon as possible. The earlier you order NUC(s) the earlier the next spring you get NUC(s).I always start a waiting list in the summer. Please contact us about getting on the list.

Where is the form?

If we still have NUCs available, the form is at the bottom of the page. If there is no form at the bottom of this page, Please contact us. You may contact us to see if there is room on the wait list.

What will I receive?

Our bees are Italian mutts. There are many different bees in Jonesboro, GA and they have cross-bred. There are No pure Italian bees any more.

A NUC is 5 deep frames standard 9 5/8” hive with bees a new queen bee and her brood of all ages. The wooden NUC box is sold separately. The frames for the NUC are standard deep hive body frame 9 1/8” some are new wood with Rite-cell foundation.             Do NOT return frames to us. Thank you,

When will I get my NUC?

NUCS have varied delivery dates. Please plan accordingly. Most deliveries are April and May depending on the weather.
Beekeeping is a form of agriculture and is subject to the whims of Mother Nature.

NUCs are ready to be moved/picked-up at dark, because all of the bees are home for the night. Depending upon the season the time can vary from 7:30 to 8:50 pm. Please take Bees straight to their new home. (Anyone selling you a NUC for day pick up is keeping your field bees, and it takes weeks to replace them.)

Can I order for my friends?

Sure, but please realize that if you order NUC(s) YOU are responsible for picking up the bees AND returning the equipment. If you order NUC(s) for friends and something happens YOU will be obligated to pay for the NUCs or the cancellation fee. Thank you all so much for your support and understanding!

What extra items can I purchase?

There is a $20.00 charge for each cardboard box requested ($15 for the cardboard box and $5 for installation). The cardboard boxes are provided for you so you don't have to return the wooden NUC boxes. Please use them to catch swarms!

There is a $60.00 charge if you wish to purchase the wooden NUC box that the bees were raised in at the same time you order the NUC.

What about equipment?

The only thing you receive from a standard order is 5 frames, a new queen, and her bees. Please plan ahead: Get all of your equipment ready before the NUC is to be picked up. Do NOT wait until pickup to try to purchase equipment!

You are required to return our wooden NUC box and equipment within 7 days of pickup or pay $76.00 for NUC box, front door with bungee and short bungee cord. Please Note: If you choose not to buy your NUC box up front there will be a $76.00 charge if the equipment is not returned after 7 days!

Please: do NOT return any frames in the NUC box. Thank you, but we don't need them.

Can I get a 6 5/8 medium size NUC?

Buster will make a 6 5/8 medium size NUC for you it is a special order and takes longer and cost more....Please contact us about medium NUCs.

What about installation or delivery?

DIY: Please read the NUC installation instructions

Would you like your NUC installed in your equipment, a NUC cardboard box, or a new wooden NUC box? There is a $5 charge for each NUC installation requested, and your equipment must arrive before 12:00 pm (Noon) on the day of pick-up. For your convenience and ours, you may drop your equipment off a few weeks or days in advance this is the best for you and us. Please bring screened bottom board, hive body, 5 frames with foundation in them, inner cover and telescoping top also a ratchet strap to hold the hive together when it is being moved.


Yard full of nucs

Buster going to work in the yard.

CJ and Nuc

dad and cj with nuc