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Want to learn beekeeping? We will be offering a series of organic beekeeping classes starting with Organic Spring Management on March 25, 2017.

New to beekeeping? We have an all day Starting Out Right class on March 11. Register here.


Maryland Nucleus Colonies & Queens:

Most people purchase bees in nucleus colonies when they want to start beekeeping. A nucleus colony (nuc) provides several advantages.
  • Usually purchased from a local beekeeper, the bees are adapted to your area.
  • A miniature colony with bees, a laying queen, honey and freshly stored pollen, a nuc quickly builds up the first year.
  • Unlike packages, which ship in from the south with the associated pests and problems like africanized bees and small hive beetle, our nucs are built from overwintered Maryland stock.
  • The five frames quickly transfer into your equipment, creating less stress on the bees and the beekeeper.
  • No expensive shipping charges. You pick up your hive in Middletown, MD.
  • If the PayPal "Add to Cart" button is still on the page, we are still accepting orders for 2016.
  • I work full time as a honey bee researcher for the University of Maryland. Because of my full work schedule, especially once the weather warms up, I sometimes get a little busy and don't respond immediately to emails or phone calls. We will return your call and answer your email regarding order questions.
  • We provide a quality nuc and want beekeepers to be successful. When you pick up your nuc we will show you how to install and answer all of your questions.

One of our MD reared queens, already laying eggs.

One of our Carniolan queens. Our queens typically have a phenomenal retinue, a good indicator of queen quality.

Flickerwood Apiary
PO Box 652
Middletown, MD 21769
Tel: 301 371 8527
If we miss you, please leave a message. We will return your call, but during the bee season this might take 24-48 hours.

5-frame Nucleus Colonies
Comes with an open-mated MD queen reared from our best Carniolan mother colonies still going strong and laying edge to edge in their 2nd and 3rd season.
5 medium frames in reusable cardboard
nuc box, which is yours to keep.

No frame exchanges,
no equipment drop off.

Our overwintered nucs, available for pick-up by April 15th, 2017 or sooner, depending on the weather are already SOLD OUT. Our standard 2017 nucs are also SOLD OUT

Standard 5-frame nucs available, headed by a newly raised 2017 MD queen reared from our best overwintered stock.

As we rear our own queens,
pick-up is weather dependent.
We expect the first batch of these to be ready
around May 1st, 2017 depending on the spring weather.

$180 per 2017 nuc SOLD OUT

Add Me to your Waitlist:

Email us your name, number of nucs you want, and contact information. If you will be taking the bees out of Maryland, we will need to know their apiary address.

Unsolicited customer endorsement
of our nucs:

The bees in the nucs were very healthy and I especially appreciated the simplicity of your management style. One colony in particular was very productive. I harvested honey from two frames from it in late summer. The medium frames were absolutely loaded with honey and I obtained enough extracted honey to fill six one-pound glass queenline honey jars. Amazing! I entered the honey in the honey shows at the State Fair of Virginia, the Calvert County Fair, and the Maryland State Beekeepers Association annual meeting and won first place for extra-light colored honey in all three shows. - Elizabeth O.

Are you new to beekeeping? We offer several classes to help you keep healthy hives.

Short courses, beginning beekeeping classes, can be confusing and contradictory. When we were starting out, we attended four different ones. They regularly dismissed what others had just insisted was fact. When new to beekeeping, it's easy to end up with a muddled head. There is a LOT of bad information available on the internet. We teach "Simple, Smart Beekeeping" so your hive survives. Bees really don't care what type of hive they live in, so long as it has enough space inside. But regardless of what type of box you keep them in, you will still have the same parasites and disease. Top bar hives, Warre hives, etc don't change basic bee biology, nor do they stop your bees from getting sick. Don't make things more complicated than they need to be.

Want an illustrated guide to help you understand what is going on in your hive. Michael is a commercial and fine art photographer, who has extensively photographed bees in the field around the world. Our book "Simple, Smart Beekeeping" has 190+ images that show you what's going on in your hive.

Do you have some beekeeping experience under your belt, but don't like using synthetic chemicals to keep your hive alive. You may wish to attend our series of Organic Beekeeping Classes."

Unless you live in a very isolated area, where no other beekeepers exist, you will have varroa transmission from other apiaries. Healthy bees will pick up varroa from other bees in the area. This means you have to have a varroa mite management strategy. Beekeepers who don't manage for varroa will lose their hive every 9-18 months. To keep healthy hives, you need to MONITOR and MANAGE varroa populations. This can be done organically. If you want to learn how, attend our organic beekeeping class.

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