Re: How many bee's -- 4 frame nuc vs 3# package
To my way of thinking, comparing a nuc to a package is like comparing apples and oranges, they're two different critters. It isn't necessarily the quantity of bees you start with, it's how quickly they'll get to where you want them to be. A package takes time to set up housekeeping and start producing bees which in turn produces honey. A nuc is already up and running, they simply need more space. The nucs I've bought have always built up faster and out produced in the first season any packages I've bought.
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