After the loss of our bees we had attempted to find a source of bees to repopulate our hives. A local distributor put us on a waiting list.
Then we received an email sent to the list serve of the Orange County Beekeepers Association (OCBA) that one of the members, a Master Beekeeper, had two nucs available for purchase. We jumped on the email and were the first to respond.
Today he delivered the two nucs and they were installed in our hives. A nuc is a short name for nucleus. It is a young incipient colony that will quickly grow to full size. You purchase whole combs complete with bees, brood and a queen. It is a simple process of removing the frames with bees from his hive box and installing them in our hive box.
Bees are out and about and seem to be quite happy. Our hive box already has honey and empty brood combs so they can go to work. It is a great time because many things are blooming, including the tulip popular (of which there are many in our woods.)