Latest information on package bees and nucs for the 2019 season

The second load of bees will be ready for pick up today May 10th from 9:00 Am till 7:00 PM and then Saturday May 11th from 8:00 AM till Noon. This is for those who booked on our second load only, this is not for nucs. 

We are sold out of package bees for the 2019 season. In addition, we are not taking any additional orders for nucs. Those who have preordered nucs will receive an email with the anticipated dates for pick up beginning in late May.

Note:   See modified dates for deliveries of remaining package bees loads.

Package bees, we are no longer accepting orders for the 2019 season

1st load is , Thank you! All packages on this load have been picked up

2nd load is  Sold out  Ready for pick-up today 9-7 PM

3rd load is  Sold out, expected on May 19th

NUCS we are not accepting any additional orders for the 2019 season

 Now lets talk about 5 frame nucleus colonies, or “nucs” as they are commonly called. Each spring, from over 300 of our colonies, I select the three that have wintered in the best condition here in Southern New England. The queens from these special colonies are then used to provide larvae that will become new queens. We add these developing queens to three frames of worker larvae (or brood as we call it) and one full comb of honey and pollen as a food reserve. These components, along with one more empty comb are placed into a special hive where the young queen will hatch out, mate and then begin laying eggs that will become an expanding population of worker bees in their new home. This process usually takes from 3-4 weeks and only after I have verified the health and quality of the queen and her offspring will I release this nuc to its new owner. Because we put so much care into raising these bees, they will not be ready until late May at the earliest. We will not release them until they are ready to our satisfaction. If you are in a hurry to get bees, consider ordering a 3lb package of bees that will arrive earlier. Like the packages, we fill nuc orders in the sequence that they were placed.

When your nucs are ready for pickup, we will email you with dates to come get them. Because these nucs usually have robust populations, we do not allow them to be transferred into regular nuc boxes and anyone who shows up with them will be turned away.  Instead we require you to bring one story of your hive and we transfer them into your hive for transport home. When I notify you of the impending pick up, I also include a detailed list of what to bring and if you need some or all of the components, we offer them for sale. We try to make this as easy as possible but the potential for stress or death to the bees forces us to be very strict about how you move them.


   Need equipment? Check out our equipment page for beehives at 2018 prices.

MapQuest link for directions to A&Z Apiaries in Hampton CT is here     My address is 143 South Brook Rd, Hampton CT. Be careful, sometimes older GPS software will put you in Scotland, 5 miles from here. 

 Directions?   We are located at 143 South Brook RD, Hampton CT 06247.

If you have any questions you can always call me at 860-428-1731.

Contact us; or call ,  860-428-1731.

Adam Fuller, A&Z Apiaries, 143 South Brook Rd, Hampton CT. 06247