We picked up our nuc from Mountain Feed and Farm supply. We placed it on a stand where the hive would eventually be located. The nuc opening was taped close for transit so we removed the tape as soon as placed the hive. The folks at Mountain Feed suggested putting a small piece of grass across part of the opening so that the honeybees would emerge slowly, giving them time to acclimate and adjust to the new surroundings.
The day was warm and the sun was shining so the bees emerged almost immediately. They headed for the salvia, thyme, lavender, agastashe, and honeysuckle plants and then, most likely, ventured farther afield to the neighboring gardens. We left the nuc in place for one week.
After one week, we moved the nuc over a bit, placed the empty hive on the stand and then carefully moved the frames from the nuc to the center of the hive. We filled in the hive box with empty frames on either side and then placed the feeder and hive top in place.