Nucleus Hive Pre-Order – Astor Apiaries
Nucleus Hive Pre-Order

Nucleus Hive Pre-Order

Astor Apiaries
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Total Cost: $250 each

**This listing only covers the 50% non-refundable deposit($125) to reserve a nuc. The remainder is due upon pickup.

We will have a limited number of 5-frame nucleus colonies(nucs) available this year. Each nuc will have a laying Italian queen with at least 3 frames of bees.

The 5 frames* will consist of:

  • 2 frames of brood
  • 1 frame of pollen
  • 1 frame of honey/sugar syrup
  • 1 frame of foundation or empty comb

*We use medium frames. These may be used in medium or deep boxes. If in deep boxes, the bees will draw comb below the frame. Contact us if you have any further questions or concerns about using medium frames in deep boxes.

Nucleus Hives are not eligible for promotional discounts.

Ordering Instructions

We are NOT shipping any bees. Please choose "Pickup > Astoria Park Wine & Spirits" at checkout. We will be in touch with you approximately 2 weeks before the Nucleus Hives are ready to give you updates as well as details on the specific Pick Up locations & times. When filling out your contact information during checkout, please include your email, phone number, and address so we can be sure to have a way to reach you.

If you would like to order additional items(honey, etc) from our shop today, please make a separate order for those items so you can choose the appropriate shipping method.

If you get stuck at any time during checkout, please email us at We are here to help. :)


Hive Box

Nucs will be available in waxed cardboard hive boxes. These are handy to keep around in case you need to quickly house a swarm or create a split.

If you do not need this hive box and plan to throw it away after installing your bees, please consider returning the hive box so we can recycle and reuse it. Bee green. :)


Queen Marking

Please let us know if you would like the queen marked or unmarked. We will mark her with a white dot on her back free of charge if requested. White is the standard color for queens raised in 2021 (more info).


Notice About Weather & Pick-Up

Nucs are expected to be available in mid-to-late May in Astoria, Queens. Beekeeping is always dependent on weather and the pick-up date may be changed due to circumstances beyond our control. A tentative pick-up date will be announced by the end of March 2021. By making a deposit, you agree to any changes in the pick-up date and understand that this is not a valid reason for a refund. Please DO NOT reserve a nuc if you have doubts about your schedule flexibility to pick-up.

You should be prepared to install your bees within 24-48 hours of receiving them. Please make sure your equipment is ready.



This deposit is non-refundable unless we are unable to fulfill your order due to circumstances within our control. If something happens to the nucs and we can no longer fulfill them, we will refund the affected orders. Any circumstances not in our control, such as weather, your ability to pick up your nuc, etc, are not valid reasons for a refund.

If you cannot pick up your nuc, please consider asking someone else to pick it up for you or find someone to take over your nuc. If you do this, please contact us immediately so we can collect the new customer's information and contact them.

If you cancel, your deposit will be forfeited. NO EXCEPTIONS. Please make sure you are able to collect your nuc if you make a deposit.



All nucleus hives will be maintained by our own Master Beekeeper, Nick Hoefly. Each hive will be guaranteed to have a laying queen, all stages of brood, and at least 3 frames of bees. If you find anything less upon installing your bees into your equipment, you must contact us immediately.

Your hive should be installed within 24-48 hours of receiving them. 



If you need your nuc(s) delivered and/or installed, this will fall under our standard House Call fee of $85/hr, 1-hour minimum. If you are outside New York City, travel time will be counted toward the cost of the house call. Deliveries will be scheduled beginning the week after our pick up date.

A limited number of delivery slots will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact us ASAP if you are interested.


For all other questions, send us a message through our Contact Form or to

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