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All payments are due upfront. You will be placed on a wait-list in the order that payment is received. Orders are pick-up only.
Purchasers of a nucleus colony from Bolton Bees will receive:

  • 3 frames of Brood (open and closed)
  • 2 frames of Honey/Pollen
  • 1 mated, marked Queen from our Minnesota-hardy hygienic stock
  • 1 reusable wooden transfer box or upgrade to 5-frame nucleus set
  • Our Guarantee of Quality Inspection

2017 Spring-Made Starter Colony
from 195.00

Available early July 2017
These hives are made in the spring from over-wintered genetics, but have yet to experience a Minnesota winter. 

These hives are good for a midseason re-Queen/boost to a failing hive OR  keep them as a nucleus colony and overwinter them. The following spring, transfer them into a production hive- They will be ready to smash a honey crop.   You will likely get surplus honey to extract for yourselves that following year (weather dependent). 

Choose between the MN Metro Line or the MN Northern Line of genetics. The MN Northern Line withstands a winter that is on average 10 degrees colder and lasts considerably longer than winter in the Metro Area. 

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5-Frame Nucleus Set

UPGRADE your purchase to include everything needed for a nucleus colony! 

We have had great success over-wintering our colonies in nucleus boxes and highly recommend using this method in your own apiary. This 5-Frame Nucleus Set includes three assembled and painted hive bodies, 1 painted bottom board, 1 inner cover, 1 telescoping lid. We will place the spring-made hive you ordered into the bottom hive body and have it prepared for you to transfer to your own apiary. The second and third hive body will each include 5 Frames with plastic foundation. You will use these as your hive expands. 

The price listed includes MN Sales Tax. Starter Colonies must be ordered separately. 


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Bolton Bees offers discounts for Spring-Made Hives

  • 5-10 starter colonies   = 5% off
  • 11+ starter colonies   = 10% off