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Aylett, VA 10-frame double deep Langstroth
I do not sell a lot of nucs per se, but many of my nuc customers are first time beekeepers who have attended a beekeeping class offered by the club I belong to. They seem to come from all kinds of different backgrounds. I do not inquire about social status or income levels. What I do care about is preparedness. Do they own a bee suit with veil? Are the hives I am transferring bees into clean and ready? Most of the times the answers are yes. Most concerning was the time a woman showed up in shorts and sandals to do an inspection and pick up her bees. Surprisingly, at last communication, her bees were still alive. Best is my mentee. She bought three nucs and calls fairly regularly to make sure she is doing the right things at the right time. She is also not afraid to buy whatever equipment is necessary to continue to grow her apiary. Not only are her three hives doing well, one of the three splits we attempted is also doing real well. The other two splits failed, one to robbing, the other to a queen that did not return from mating. Most heartwarming was a father and adult daughter team who were keeping bees together. They just wanted an additional colony and were not ready yet to try doing splits.