I actually started two new hives from packages last year. There was some trouble with the shipper and we got the packages in June. I think this led to a slow build up and not enough strength to make it through a weird winter. I lost both these hives, which was consistent with many of the local beekeepers. Anyway a new beginning...
April 17I got two nucs this year from Richard Taylor, 164 S. Birdneck Road, Virginia Beach, VA. 23451, 203-803-5262. He got an order of nucs from a provider in North Carolina. They are a hybrid bee that is supposed to be a strong producer These were overwintered nucs. My son-in-law also got four nucs from him, so it will be interesting to compare notes.
Here are the nucs in the back of my truck. The boxes were a little beat up, but they were heavy :)
After setting up my son-in-law's hives I brought my two back home. I had previously set up two deep boxes with 4 frames and an extra medium on top as Richard said these would build up rapidly. On the opening the nucs the bees were very active and full. I moved the frames into their new homes. I put four of the frames next to each other but split one apart with an empty frame to encourage them to build out. I put an inner over on the top, with a quart jar of sugar water over the opening and covered it with another deep box and cover.
Here is the set-up with the empty nuc boxes set to allow the remaining bees to find their new home. I took the nuc boxes away the next day as they were empty. I saw lots of orientation flights as the bees got used to their new home.