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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Bees from Jarrett Apiaries

Slade Jarrett offered me a nuc so that I could try out his bees!  Who would say no to that?  Not only was it a generous offer, but I had a great experience, both picking up the bees and installing them.  Now if they'll just do well.....

His son took this photo of us all as I picked up the nuc:

I loaded it into the car and headed for Rabun County.  These bees grew up in Baldwin, Georgia which is in the northeast part of the state about an hour from my house in the mountains.  I can't have bees easily at that house because I'm not there all the time and there are bears on the mountain.

My friends, Robin and Mary, have a house just over the mountain from me where they live full time with their chickens and an adorable dog named Little Bear.  I installed the bees in their garden where I will both get to see my friends and enjoy having bees in such a lovely spot.

The hive to the right hasn't been installed yet.  Hopefully the Jarrett bees will get off to a good start this week.

The nuc was pretty with a good brood pattern established by the queen.  Let's hope she can build up well before the sourwood blooms in the mountains.

This is my first chance for sourwood honey - cross your fingers!


  1. merhaba nuc nedemek.başka yazılışı varmı?acaba koloniyimi kasdediyorsunuz.ben birtürlü anlayamadım.başka anlamı varmı?

  2. Couldn't get a good Google translation of the Turkish. The nuc is a cardboard box covered in wax - the petroleum kind. It is light, easy to manage and I don't have to return it to the beekeeper with whom the nuc originated.

  3. nuc balmumu kaplı karton kutu .doğrumu?nuc ne işe yarar?nuc ben anlamadım.türkiyede yok.farklı anlam veriyor google çeviri.

  4. A nuc is a mini hive with five frames of bees, brood, honey and a laying queen. It is like a hive in miniature, so you transfer the five frames to a hive body, add the remaining frames and you are off and running.

  5. What a treat! A free Nuc!


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