Our nucs come with about 3 pounds of bees already established in a 5 frame colony with a German Queen (a hardy, gentle breed). This small colony consists of brood in all stages of development, with pollen and honey giving it everything it needs to grow. Most importantly, our nucs are raised in the Great Northwest. Our NUCs will be delivered in the newly designed Pro NUC reusable plastic NUC boxes, limited quanties. While these NUC boxes are normally $19.95 we will be asking for a $10 fully-refundable deposit for each box. These boxes can be used for many different purposes and are a great value for those who wish to keep them.