I purchased three nucs this year from the same person I got them from last year. Last year I had to drive about an hour to get the bees. This year they delivered them to my town. The guy that delivered them picked them up elsewhere and that evening opened all the nucs to "let them fly around". When I received the nuc (which went up $10 this year) I was surprised at the amount of bees. Seemed to be way less than last year. Also, they were in a cardboard nuc and getting out and flying everywhere - including in my car. A friend also commented on the lack of bees. I emailed both him and the supplier and commented about him letting them out and the small qty. of bees. Am I being petty? Should he have let them out in his yard? Does it really matter? By the way - neither he nor the supplier replied to my e-mail.
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