Re: How many bee's -- 4 frame nuc vs 3# package
I would talk to any commercial pollinators in your area, in my area you can get a nuc at a good price. After they come back from California they will start nucs from their pollination hives. Than I will just re-queen them with a good production queen from what ever stock or breeder i want. In the end it cost about the same a package (with shipping) and you get a nuc with what ever genetics you want.
"What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value." Thomas Paine