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How late in the season is it to take possession of a nuc? Can you take them this time of year and make it through winter?
 

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They can overwinter... They can also die
unless you know how to overwinter nucs, and the price is right, wait till spring
 

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Agreed. Nucs can be wintered but it is harder for newbies.

I had to stop selling nucs and even singles to new beekeepers in fall, because so many of them would lose them. In my care they were fine, I just told any newbies to come back in spring to collect.
 

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Nucs often have to be fed. Around here most reputable suppliers do not even sell nucs out of season.
 

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How late in the season is it to take possession of a nuc? Can you take them this time of year and make it through winter?
Why not just wait till spring?

One "could" got get one in the snow, if you wish. So it is never to late to get one, the math around the survival is more important. As well how do you open and inspect for stores and queen rite in the cold.

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Agreed. Nucs can be wintered but it is harder for newbies.

I had to stop selling nucs and even singles to new beekeepers in fall, because so many of them would lose them. In my care they were fine, I just told any newbies to come back in spring to collect.
I appreciate the advice and insight! I’m a newbie, but thought I’d ask before I wasted the money.
 

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Why not just wait till spring?

One "could" got get one in the snow, if you wish. So it is never to late to get one, the math around the survival is more important. As well how do you open and inspect for stores and queen rite in the cold.

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I’m picking up 8 more packages in the spring but I saw a commercial beekeeper selling off nucs and 10 frame boxes thought I’d ask about it before I made a mistake.
 

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"Around here" for Honeyeater is Perth, Australia, but that is not the point. Around here, in Richmond, I sold nucs until August but I made darn sure they knew that there would be work involved to overwinter them. Nucs in the fall will not have a chance to build up at all so whatever you get is what you will be going into winter with. If the price was right, and you had experience, it could be a good deal. For a newbee, it is almost certainly a money (and bee) losing venture.
 
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