Bulk bees are shipped as a queenless package. They are used to boost the population of a queenrite hive by introducing them to it with the newspaper method or using a double screen. If they are shipped with a queen then they are just a regular package used to restart a deadout or make a increase hive.
I worked for a large package bee producer in California 20 years ago. He had big boxes made of plywood that measured around 3.5' tall x 2' x 2'. The box had a screened bottom and screened lid. I forget how many pound of bees we could fit in a box, at least 50 lb. He would use them when he went to buy bees from other beekeepers. The bees would be in those boxes for maybe one day, no queen.
If they are being shipped they would be in a cage according to the size of the bulk(booster) package( like a regular 2,3,or 4lbs package with queen). If you are picking them up you can bring your own transportation cage/cages of the size you want to deal with. Most suppliers that deal with packages are willing to sell queenless(booster) packages.
Yes. Shake your queenless bees into your nuc and give them a caged queen with candy exposed. You could make it even better by giving them at least 1 frame of brood of all stages. What size nuc are you thinking and how many lbs. of bees are you going to use?
There are a lot of reasons to order "bulk" bees some folks add them to a hive to produce comb honey - some will make their own packages with their queens they produce or some may start a 2 frame nuc and add bees to and so on and so on you are only limited by your imagination :scratch:
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