I picked up my two 5-frame Nucs this past Saturday and I’m not entirely pleased with them.
Let me explain my reasons why:
Yes, there were 5 frames in each nuc but two frames ea. were completely empty, Not even drawn comb. Just empty, black plastic frames. There was brood in multiple stages of development and some honey on the remaining 3 frames in each though.
And yes, each nuc had a queen - in a cage - that had the candy sealed over with electrical tape. I’m fairly certain the brood came from some other queens.
I only paid $140 per nuc which is relatively inexpensive but I didn’t expect 4 empty frames.
How common an experience is this and should I avoid this source next season if I require more bees?