We use the Les Crowder top bar hive design which makes our nucs almost a universal donor, as best I can tell.
What this means
There is no standard in top bar hives. Many times you can unknowingly buy a nuc and find when you get it home that it does not fit your hive. We have done a bit of research and it appears that our fully drawn comb will fit in most hive designs. Our combs roughly measure 17-1/4 at the top, 8-1/2 at the bottom, and are 6-3/4 tall, and come on 20” x 1-3/8” x 1-3/8” top bars.
We raise our own queens and our brood stock is either from Zia survivor stock queens or Carniolan queens. We use no antibiotics or mitecides, we are treatment free. Our bees are calm and gentile. Most of the year we work them with no veil or gloves.
We do not sell packages as we feel that buying a nuc gives you the best chance at getting through your first winter with your bees still alive. We do not ship.
Bring your own nuc box and we can transfer the bees into it, or you can buy one of ours for $35.00 each. Our 5 bar nuc boxes are made from ¾” pine and are painted. They have a Hardyboard lid, they are well built and will last for many years.
Your bees are currently living in the Rio Penasco river valley in the Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico at an altitude of 6400 feet.
We are taking reservations for late spring of 2013 but we are taking no deposits. Cost for a 5 bar, top bar nuc is $135.00 What you will receive is a colony of at least four fully drawn bars full of brood, honey and pollen and a mated and actively laying queen.
Contact us to be placed on our list, it will be first come, first served. The spring weather will determine availability and how many nucs we will have for sale.
Call or email us! We love to talk about bees,
Rob and Betsy Shepler
3757 US Hwy 82
Mayhill, NM 88339
rob(at)theriver.com Please forgive the cryptic email address and substitute @ for (at), this is an effort to beat the crawlers, and control our junk mail.