One of my hives (the swarm I caught last August) is dead. The other hive surprisingly had some bees in it. (not a lot, but I only looked in from the top, I didn't take the hive apart). I don't have much hope for them, but I stuck a feeder on top of the hive anyway. The weather has been really screwy, and the 70F one day and 20F the next day had to be hard on them. Also, I think there has been robbing going on. The wax was pretty messed up when I inspected the hives last week. I ordered two packages from Kelley's last fall and they're coming next month. I had already bought two hive-box sets for those packages (although I haven't put them together yet). So now I'm looking to replace the hive (maybe two) that died. I can still order two packages from Pigeon Mountain for $94.99. I found out I can order a 3-frame nuc from a store in Chattanooga for $85. Both would arrive the end of April. I'm tempted to order the nuc(s) because I already have hives, comb, honey, etc., and they could probably blast off and make a crop this year But I've not heard too much about a 3-frame nuc. Has anyone used a 3-frame nuc before? Would the packages be better or the nucs?