Mature queen cells are placed into a small nucleus colony or "nuc". We made these nucs by pulling young bees and brood out of Treasure State Honey's full-size production colonies and putting them into small temporary boxes. Each queen will emerge from her cell, go on a mating flight, and return to her nuc to begin the first generation of Spring Hill Bees.
Here is one of three nucs raising queen cells that will form the basis of Spring Hill Bees. Some of the queens are from fancy New World Carniolan breeder stock, and others are from a mite-resistant Vermont strain. I am very grateful to those who are donating their time and bees to help me get this thing going!