Our ready-to-go Swarm Kits make swarm catching easy and making bait boxes a cinch! Once spring arrives, we keep one in our trunk (along with sturdy footwear and pruners and maybe a step ladder) so we can get to a swarm as soon as we get the call!Choose your box type: Cardboard nuc, Langstroth Nuc (medium or deep), or Top Bar Nuc. Every kit includes hat & veil, swarm bag, and lemongrass oil for baiting boxes. Our wooden nucleus boxes are made from clear grain FSC® certified, locally sourced Douglas Fir. Customers who buy this also buy: Learn more about our Shipping and Return Policy.
We use only clear wood on our hives, meaning no knots are allowed.
Sugar Pine is our value wood option. Beautiful, strong, takes paint or sealant well, and is more stable and lighter than more common ponderosa pine.
Douglas fir is our most popular wood option. The hardest and strongest of our woods, it will withstand sharp hive tools and last for years with a coat of tung oil or paint.
Western Red Cedar is our premium wood option. It is rot resistant, dimensionally stable, insulates well, and doesn't require painting or sealing.
All of our wood is sustainably harvested and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified.
Langstroth hives are made to accommodate either 8-frames or 10-frames per box.
We offer our hives with or without frames that include removable, precision-milled foundation-less comb guides so the bees can build their own natural comb. If you want to use foundation, these frames include grooves to accept it.
Wood: Precision moulded, comb-cut shingles, and gabled roof with stainless steel hardware create superior rain runoff and longevity.
Composite Copper: The same roof frame and stainless steel hardware, but CNC cut composite copper material gives your hive a timeless look, and doesn't require any maintenance or painting.
Choose between deep hive boxes with CNC-cut windows on either side, with black walnut closures, or standard solid boxes without windows.
Top bars are Warre's original design, allowing your bees to build off of the precision-milled wedge. Combs will get attached to the sides of the box, so individual comb removal can be more difficult than with frames.
Four-sided frames allow your bees to build entirely within the frame and make comb removal easier. Comb guides in the top and bottom of the frame lead to straighter comb attachment.