I have seen 5 frame nucs advertised from $85 to $125. Three pound packages seem to average about $80. Nucs build up faster because they already have various stages of brood, foragers and nurses, and drawn comb. When you purchase a nuc, you should get a young queen with it. When you have enough hives, either sell some, move some to another location, or just let them swarm naturally to replenish the wild population.