I am trying to start up around 6 to 10 new hives this season. So I am looking for colonies but they are few and far between where I am at this time. I have been offered two nucs from an experienced commercial apiarist at a very good price. However he says they had some nosema coming out of winter… he says they have recovered well with the good weather we have now.
I plan to put these colonies into brand new wax dipped hives: would I be better off turning down these nucs and waiting- keeping my new hives free from potential nosema spores? We got a nuc last year from the same person and it made a really excellent very strong colony. Last year there was no talk of nosema.
I need to make up my mind today- as the apiarist is coming to town and needs to know if he should bring the nucs.
I have also been offered a huge 8 frame swarm from another beek- and there is talk of many more swarms to come- would I be better off waiting for swarms and making splits than buying these nucs?