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Southwick, MA 01077


Since 2013, New England Apiaries has been supplying bees for sale in Western Massachusetts. Over the years, quite a following has developed looking for strong early nucs which Bill has made available in Southern New England. Bill says the most meaningful compliment he ever received about them was from a well known "Old Time" area beekeeper, the late Frank Lagrant, who picked his up in 2013 and said, "Now these are the way how nucs should look!”.

Bill’s nucs are extremely popular and sell out every year in March/April and May.

Bill also makes available 3lb packaged bees brought up over night from Georgia. Packaged Bees were the way Bill first started out back in 2005. They are a less expensive way to start your colony however have a longer build up time until the colony is at full strength. Packages are generally available at the end of March or early April, however are more commonly subject to being delayed.


What are the benefits and drawbacks of Packages and Nucs?


Nucleus Colonies (NUCS)

Packaged Bees



Early strong start

Most likely to make honey on first year

Already has an accepted queen


Less expensive than a nuc



Will have an earlier mite build up since the colony is further along than a package

More expensive than a Package




Slower build up than a Nuc

More subjected to delayed delivery

Queen is not "accepted" when colony is installed


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