Using Nucs in Beekeeping Operations
An apiary full of nucs for sale. Photo by Jamie Ellis.
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Honey bees
nucleus hives
beekeeping practices

How to Cite

Ellis, J. D. 2019. “Using Nucs in Beekeeping Operations: ENY153/IN1869, Rev. 9/2019”. EDIS 2019 (5). Gainesville, FL:9.


This revised 9-page illustrated fact sheet by James D. Ellis discusses the merits of using nucleus colonies, or nucs, which are smaller versions of full-sized Langstroth hives. The publication explains how to create and manage nucs and how to use them to control swarming, strengthen production colonies, re-queen hives, hive swarms, produce queens to sell to other beekeepers, and in general strengthen and expand a beekeeping operation. Published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology.

Original Publication: Ellis, James, and Catherine Nalen. 2010. “The Advantages of Using Nucs in Beekeeping Operations”. EDIS 2010 (7).
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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license.