Well, it doesn't seem that buying nucs is as simple as I'd hoped. After some discussion with a couple of fellows who know what they're doing, it's clear that one size does not fit all. I've been counciled to check on several things such as how well established the nucs are, how long the queen has been installed, whether the brood is hers or has just been pulled from a hive and plunked into a box with bees, how many frames are in the nuc and full, how many bees are in the nuc, etc. For someone who has only purchased packages and captured swarms it's a bit intimidating. I'd really like some nucs, but don't want to buy a pig in a poke. Anyone have any more advice on how to be an informed buyer?