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I am a newbee...I still have not received my nukes that I ordered last Nov. Bee guy said first or second week in May. Anyone in NJ that could tell me if this is the standard this year due to weather? Thank you
 

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No a place in Flemington...glad to hear I am not the only one..Hey...I am right near you in Mt. Freedom aka Randolph
 

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I am a newbee...I still have not received my nukes that I ordered last Nov. Bee guy said first or second week in May. Anyone in NJ that could tell me if this is the standard this year due to weather? Thank you
If you were planning on getting nucs which were made in NJ you should understand that Spring is late this year and your nucs will be too. If you get you nucs a week later than you expected they will be better for the wait.

If they were coming out of the South, seems like they should be there already.
 

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...you should understand that Spring is late this year...
Ya think? I usually have my nucs boxed and ready for shipment by the first of May. Not this year. We're finally getting them in their boxes now, a week late. Plenty of nice ones that aren't quite ready to ship. So maybe that's the case in NJ this year. Your producer doesn't want to ship anything that isn't ready.

I'm going to put off cell building for a week too. I'm scheduled to set up the first cell builders on the 10th. The bees just aren't ready quite yet, so I'll wait until they are. Better to go by their schedule than mine.
 

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I still have not received my nukes that I ordered last Nov. ..............>>>>>>>>> Moon are you buying locally raised queens in these nucs ? Or are they making up nucs then adding a queen from the south? My first round of queens emerged Monday, it`s still a little chilly here, Drones are flying a little. We cant have nucs for 3 more weeks here. MP is selling overwintered nucs . I`m using my overwintered nucs as my "brood factories". Tnx Mike........Pete....N3SKI
 

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Ours were due "Mid April". Later that was refined to "Mid to Late April". This was never updated even when it became May. They were finally available May 5.

I appreciate an attitude of "We will sell no nuc before its time." I don't want doomed bees on time. Sure would be nice, though, to keep the customer updated when things will be late. If you still don't have the bees available to even start making nucs when the delivery date rolls around, at least you could give an educated guess as to the likely date. Otherwise the customer is stuck unable to make any plans until they finally get the call. In our case the brood and workers became available on April 23rd, and they added queens on 4/24. You would think at that point that the clock is ticking and you could go ahead and post that they are expected to be ready in x days from that point.
 

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Michael Palmer said "Better to go by their schedule than mine."

I met people that were getting packages (not nucs) at the Southern Adirondack (NY) Beekeeping Association extravaganza in the middle of March. That invokes lots of bee envy, especially this year. Lots of questions I had to answer as to why Betterbee did not have packages for people then. Those packages had to be installed in garages and houses since we still had 2 feet of snow. Another group of packages came up closer to the end of the month of March. They all come out of Georgia which was making the news for their cold and rainy weather. From one group of 100 packages at the end of March that we heard about, close to 40 have had to be requeened already. Queens need several matings in a short period soon after they emerge to be successful. They mate in the air and not close to the hives. If the weather is not good for them to fly or for the bees to be making drones, the queens get poorly mated or not mated and then fail. These queen failures have nothing to do with diseases or pesticides. Had these early packages come up on these dates 2 years ago, things would have been great. Pushing the schedule this year might not have gotten you anywhere but in trouble.

Good luck with your bees, I hope the wait is over soon and worth it.

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Patience - you are buying an agricultural product - not something that can be pulled off of a shelf. I took delivery on nucs mid June last year. It is still early.
 

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Do you want them good or do you want them now?

I wonder how many people from NY who got packages early have had problems w/ them? If not fed properly, at the right time and in a way they can access the syrup, I imagine there will be some starvation.
 

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Michael Palmer said "Better to go by their schedule than mine."

I met people that were getting packages (not nucs) at the Southern Adirondack (NY) Beekeeping Association extravaganza in the middle of March. That invokes lots of bee envy, especially this year. Lots of questions I had to answer as to why Betterbee did not have packages for people then. Those packages had to be installed in garages and houses since we still had 2 feet of snow. Another group of packages came up closer to the end of the month of March. They all come out of Georgia which was making the news for their cold and rainy weather. From one group of 100 packages at the end of March that we heard about, close to 40 have had to be requeened already. Queens need several matings in a short period soon after they emerge to be successful. They mate in the air and not close to the hives. If the weather is not good for them to fly or for the bees to be making drones, the queens get poorly mated or not mated and then fail. These queen failures have nothing to do with diseases or pesticides. Had these early packages come up on these dates 2 years ago, things would have been great. Pushing the schedule this year might not have gotten you anywhere but in trouble.

Good luck with your bees, I hope the wait is over soon and worth it.

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Some good insight Chris. SABA was getting packages and installing them in the snow last year too. Seems their club really shoots for the too early for this area packages. Hey Georgia was cold and rainy and crappy in early March. I waited till almost the last week of March to go make my normal splits down there. I purposely waited a couple extra weeks so the queens would have better mating weather and the takes still were not the best, but definitely better than the 60% of those packages you are stating.
 

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Thanks for all the info. I was not complaining just wanted to get some feedback. I understand the weather & its impacts...I am a professional gardener, trust me, I get it. Just an eager bee...I have had a lot of fun discussing my "nucs" over the phone with my Mom & I say out loud, " by the way Homeland security, I am referring to honeybees! What a strange world we live in these days! Thanks again for all the info...sure hope these bees know how much they are loved & how much I am anticipating their arrival! There homes are quite lovely & a new garden was created around the hives. Guess I am nesting! Enjoy!
 

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I am a newbee...I still have not received my nukes that I ordered last Nov. Bee guy said first or second week in May. Anyone in NJ that could tell me if this is the standard this year due to weather? Thank you
If things continue the way they are, Russia will soon be sending you some nukes!!
 
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