Before we found beekeeping class and was taught that a nuc (short for nuclear hive) was the way to go when starting a new hive, I had already ordered a “package of bees” which I basically 3 lbs of bees and a queen in a box shipped to you like this…..
I have to say the USPS workers were not my biggest fan on this day. Amazingly there were a few bees thst stayed on the exterior of the box through the whole trip from Georgia to Texas!
We installed the bees into a new hive box to make their new home the same day.
These bees have survived but have had to be requeened and have struggled in comparison to our nuc hive.