New club members bought nucs ( three weeks ago) in cardboard boxes with two drawn frames with some brood and honey, two frames of foundation and the queen still in the cage??? (four frame nucs) $90.00. I told them they were ripped off, that to me they bought package bees in a nuc box and should take them back or at lease make a complaint to the Hardware store.These nucs came from a beekeeper in Kansas, who got them down south? and sold them through a Hardware store here in Mo. (no names until i find out more) A new member ask me to come and see if he installed his right, that they were weak and told me about these nucs (two weeks ago) i thought he was mixed up and that he had bought packages, but insisted he bought nucs? He said when he installed his nucs (2) in ten frame hives, he just removed the screen on the queen cage and turned her lose since it was a nuc? i told him he got lucky. The queens are laying,but the nucs were short on worker bees and will take time to build up. Maybe i'm wrong? is this the way their selling nucs now? Jack PS. New members were worried because there bees have only drawn one frame out in three (going on 4) weeks.