Nucleus Colonies (NUC) honeybee hives for sale – Harmony Hollow

MAY 2018 – Harmony Hollow has added nucleus colonies (NUC) to the line of products available.  NUCs are a “starter” colony that include a mated and egg-laying queen of known Italian genetics, several frames of eggs/larvae/brood, at least one frame of resources (nectar/honey/pollen) and a frame with foundation for the bees to draw fresh comb onto.

NUCs are $200ea for the 2018 season.   These bees will be provided in a waxed cardboard NUC box – ready to transfer to your permanent woodenware.

Pickup of colonies is by scheduled appointment at:

  • Wolfsong Farm near Forney, Texas
  • Locust Grove Sanctuary in Farmersville, Texas
  • Zentopia Acres in Ponder, Texas
  • If reasonable distance – we can arrange for delivery – and I can install into your readied woodenware – for a $50 delivery fee.   In all cases – purchase and pickup/delivery needs to be personally scheduled.

Care for your NUC:

After purchase, you will need to carefully move the frames of bees to your prepared woodenware for them.  This can be 8-frame or 10-frame boxes.  The safest way is to pick one of the outside edge frames that is either empty, or has the nectar/resources on it to remove and place first.  Then the other frames can be pulled away separately and placed into their full size hive body.  Watch each frame closely for the queen, and the brood frames for freshly laid eggs as well as various stages of larvae and capped brood.

It is highly suggested that you also have a feeder available for the bees.  Internal frame feeders, or a feeder that sits on top of the brood box for the bees to access from inside will reduce robbing from other hives or colonies in the area, and will encourage the bees to draw wax on the additional frames in your hive and maximize the population (and their hone/food stores) before entering the next winter.  Reduce the entrance down to an inch or so to further reduce any robbing activity from feeding your bees.  Sometimes placing a robber-screen or some blockade in front to the entrance will discourage robbing activity.

Note:  This is a livestock/NUC hive purchase only – and does not include “mentoring” or consultation on how to manage or care for honeybees.


Bee Yard Project – Convert Frame Feeder to No-Drown Feeder – DIY

This short video outlines how to convert a standard frame feeder into a no-drown feeder for syrup being fed to bees.

All items for the upgrade were available as scrap from my personal workshop – so no additional materials were purchased for the improvements.  The only expenditure was my personal labor.

Be sure to watch to the end – for a few outtakes/bloopers….


Shed Bees – Carrollton

The homeowner noticed bees entering and exiting from the shed in the back yard the week before.   Since we were still several weeks prior to our swarm season – I suspected the bees * may * have been there a bit longer than the homeowner was aware of.

A nice queen was found, the bees were successfully relocated to a Harmony Hollow outyard – and are bringing in pollen and nectar to rebuild in their new home.

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Second Story Soffit Bee Removal – Dallas

These bees have been in the soffit for a while.  The homeowner bought the house recently, and needs to do some work – that the bees were preventing.

After a successful removal – the bees were re-homed to a Harmony Hollow Apiary outyard – and are doing well.


Winter work – preparing for spring honey flow – Building Frames

Enjoy this quick video of assembling frames for honey production.  Foundation will be added to the frames just prior to putting them on the hives (to keep the foundation clean until it’s time for the bees to draw comb).


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Brianna’s Bees – Swarm Catch from 2014 (video in link)

It’s been a while, however I found this gem of a video in the vault – that never got published.  A swarm arrived at this young lady’s home the night before.

Brianna was excited to learn about the bees, and had never experienced a swarm like this – she insisted on bravely scooping the bees by bare hand – just like I did.

The queen was quickly found – however the rest of the colony decided to fly around the neighborhood looking for her scent (my queen clip may have had old wax or something masking her scent on it).   Not on video – but I walked in the street and sidewalk with the queen clip in my hand for the workers to catch a whiff of her scent and return to the hive box I’d brought.   They quickly found her, and she was placed in the hive body – and they started pouring in.  The next morning they were picked up and taken to the bee yard.

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DIY Protein Patties / DIY Pollen Patties (video in link)

It is early January 2018, and several of the overwintering nucleus colonies (NUC) are needing a protein boost since there has been no blooms for the bees to visit since late fall.  Once the queen lays eggs, and the larvae hatch – they need a ready supply of protein for their growth and transformation from larvae to pupae to adult bee.

This video shows the process of making the pollen patties, as well as installing them into the hives for the bees to use.

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Ingredients:  Soy Flour, Rye Flour, Inverted Sugar Syrup

Bee colony removal from downed tree on golf course

This bee removal was from a tree that had fallen in a golf course in a storm last week.

If you like chainsaws.. look at the video. I love making the sawdust fly. 😉

The rest of the tree was already cleared away – but the course maintenance crew wanted to make sure the colony survived – so called me for the removal. The comb was already teeming with small hive beetle larvae, and there was NO brood or eggs (we are near Winter Solstice) – so they are vacuumed into a collection box, and put onto drawn comb and pollen/honey in a small nucleus hive body to overwinter.

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Leather (and canvas) conditioner and waterproofer

When the weather turns wet, and the old work boots (or leather hat, etc) just is not waterproof any more, think about using a leather conditioner to rehydrate and waterproof the pores and stitching of the leather.  (note – this conditioner can be used on canvas tent material as well)

Amber’s work boots were dry, cracked, and dusty, and with recent rain – she wanted to make sure they would perform as they did when they were new, and be waterproof for working in the horse arena, stalls, fields, and streams with the horses.

A liberal coating was applied to both boots, then warmed with a heat gun (a hair dryer would work also) to melt the paste into the pores of the leather and into the seams and stitching.

Because her boots had gone so long without a treatment, the paste absorbed quickly into the leather.  Amber applied a total of 3 coats of the conditioner to these boots.

Good as new again!

Note:  Leather conditioner will darken leather.  If appearance is important, apply to an inconspicuous area to test first.  Not meant for furniture or car seats.  (people always ask!).  It can also be used to re-waterproof canvas tent material.

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Scented beeswax tarts for potpourri melters

New this fall is an assortment of scents for your home potpourri wax melters.


  • Vanilla
  • Hazelnut
  • Cinnamon Bun
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • ButterScotch
  • Holiday Evergreen


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