I just talked with Ken Hays up in Bosque Farms and he will have top bar nucs available around June 1st for $120.00 He also has a seminar coming up on the 10th and the cost is $10.00, it is a pot luck, bring your own pot and all your luck as well. RSVP with Ken at 505-869-2369, he is a pretty neat ol fellar and recomended by Les. He has Langstroth nucs available now for the same price.

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Wow, that's great to hear that there might be some top bar nucs still available for people. 

I finished building a deep top bar nuc to transport the deeper combs that Ken will furnish.  That way I will not have to cut the comb before transporting the nuc home.  I drew up some plans and I am attempting to attach them here.  I could make a couple more of these nuc boxes and would work up a cost if any one inquires.   I decided to make a lid for it that will be secured down with screws during transport.

I talked to Ken Hays on Monday (May 15th) and let him know I was interested in a top bar nuc so he put me down for one.  He also indicated it will most likely be late June before they are ready.  When I ask what kind of bees he could offer, he indicated he has "Minnesota Hygienics".  He also said he makes frequent trips to Cabello Lake to tend his bees and we might be able to make arrangements to pick up nucs there when they are ready.  That would be a shorter trip.

Now I need to build my full size hive.

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I really like your landing board, I might have to go back and put some on my hives.

I would sure like to see the nucs in before late June to give us a better chance of build up before winter. I think Ken’s issue is with Queens. I'll call him today, maybe we can buy some queenless nucs and order some queen cells from Zia....... These would not be mated queens but 14 day old cells that would emerge and mate with local drones. This is not an ideal situation, but it is how he would build a nuc if he had the time. I would expect a discounted price on the nucs from Ken. If this comes to pass we will need commitments from folks that want them SOON.


Ralph Ketter said:

I finished building a deep top bar nuc to transport the deeper combs that Ken will furnish.  That way I will not have to cut the comb before transporting the nuc home.  I drew up some plans and I am attempting to attach them here.  I could make a couple more of these nuc boxes and would work up a cost if any one inquires.   I decided to make a lid for it that will be secured down with screws during transport.

I talked to Ken Hays on Monday (May 15th) and let him know I was interested in a top bar nuc so he put me down for one.  He also indicated it will most likely be late June before they are ready.  When I ask what kind of bees he could offer, he indicated he has "Minnesota Hygienics".  He also said he makes frequent trips to Cabello Lake to tend his bees and we might be able to make arrangements to pick up nucs there when they are ready.  That would be a shorter trip.

Now I need to build my full size hive.

I was mistaken, Ken's bees got hammerd in T or C, the rains and hail knocked the mesquite blooms off and his bees took a hit. I thought he was pulling nucs in Bosque Farms, he will be doing it in the south. Just not enough bees right now.

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