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Hi just got my bee equipment last night. Bought a lot on CL can't wait to get it set up. I am near Peoria Illinois.
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I was told nucs would be better this time of year put package bees would worm to.
Going out to fix and paint some hives now :)
My kids are as excited as me.
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Hey there...welcome and have fun. Most of us here have bee fever! ;)
 

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Nucs give you the advantage of a constant source of workers. Package bees need 21 days from the time the queen is mated and lays eggs. A package bee hive will dwindle for three weeks until the first bees emerge. They will stay inside a couple more weeks, so there is no food or water coming in all that time. Best wishes however you get started!
 

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Beeing a newbee myself, I'd still say go with the nuc if you can. I started 2 from nucs on May 1st into deep hive bodies with a medium on top as i'm only using 8 frame equipment and the nucs were 5 frame. So thought they could use the room right off the bat. Used hive top feeders on both to help them along on drawing the wax, which they did quite well in both mediums, and added excluder and medium honey super to both last thurday. Good luck!
 
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