BioFuel Oasis

Nuc of Bees

2016 Nuc of Bees for Sale

We will start taking reservations for 2016 Nucs on Saturday, Dec. 12th, 2015. Reserve them early – they may sell out by January!

We’re excited to sell Nucs of bees for the 5th year in a row from Randy Oliver! We have been very satisfied with his Nucs; they come packed with bees, brood, and an excellent laying queen.

Randy Oliver (front) with our 2015 Nucs in Grass Valley.

Randy Oliver (front) with our 2015 Nucs in Grass Valley.

You have three different options:

Option 1: NUC in wood hive $362
OPTION 1 IS SOLD OUT! You can reserve Option 2 and ask to be put on the waitlist for Option 1!
For new beekeepers that need the wood hive equipment.
Includes:
1st Year Queen Bee & colony of bees from Randy Oliver
5 deep frames of mostly brood plus 5 assembled frames with wax foundation
Painted Top Cover w/Inner cover
Painted Deep Super Box
Wax-dipped Screened Bottom Board with Drawer by Country Rubes
You will pick the hive up from the BioFuel Oasis on an evening in April (likely around April 21, but exact date to be announced later as dependent on weather), take it home, and set it on your hive stand/table. (No transfer of bees needed).

Option 2: NUC in returnable wood box $225 – 1ST YEAR QUEEN
(includes $10 refundable deposit for wood box)
For those that already have hive equipment.
Includes:
1st Year Queen bee & colony of bees from Randy Oliver
5 deep frames of mostly brood
NUC wood box
You will pick up Nucs with 1st Year Queens from the BioFuel Oasis on an evening in April (likely mid to late April), take it home, and transfer to your hive at home.

Option 3: NUC in returnable wood box $225 – 2ND YEAR QUEEN
(includes $10 refundable deposit for wood box)
For beekeepers that have kept bees for a couple years and know how to identify brood and do a hive inspection. These bees will build up quickly and without proper attention will also swarm quickly. The advantage to these is that they arrive in March (early) and are raring to go!
Includes:
2nd Year Queen bee & colony of bees from Randy Oliver
5 deep frames of mostly brood
NUC wood box
You will pick up Nucs with 2nd Year Queens from the BioFuel Oasis on an evening in MARCH (exact date to be announced later as dependent on weather), take it home, and transfer to your hive at home.

biofuel_photo1_18-1Who Is Randy Oliver?
Randy Oliver is a well-respected beekeeper in Grass Valley who does significant field research on bees. He writes a monthly column in the American Bee Journal and maintains a very informative beekeeping web site at scientificbeekeeping.com.

What Kind of Bees Are They?
Randy Oliver breeds for genetic diversity within his thousand-hive operation; his queens come in a rainbow of colors. Such diversity ensures robust, healthy colonies. Each year he picks the top 30 hives that do the best against varroa mites and make the most honey, and breeds those queens for his Nucs. The queens are emerged and mated in the full-sized nucs in which they are sold, and have never been stressed by caging or banking. Each queen is fully “tested,” in that she’s been allowed enough time to confirm that she produces a good brood pattern. Randy works his bees without wearing gloves, so the bees are also breed to have gentle temperament.

IMG_0386Recommended Classes – These Nucs grow quickly. We highly recommend that if this is your first year beekeeping that you take our classes so you can successfully inspect and manage them:
Backyard Beekeeping (3 hrs) – Lecture class about the basics of bees and beekeeping
Hive Inspection Class (2 hrs) – Hands-on class where you learn the tools and how to inspect a hive.
Varroa Mite Class (3 hrs) – Hands-on class where you learn the sugar roll test to assess mite level and how to keep the level down.
Click here for the full descriptions and schedule of classes.

To reserve your NUC, please stop by the BioFuel Oasis (or call us up at 510.665.5509) and prepay the amount of Option 1, 2, or 3. We only have 135 NUCS and they will sell out quickly.

Refund Policy:
1st Year Queens: Cancel by April 5 and get your full money back. After April 5th, all your money back minus $35.
2nd Year Queens: Cancel by March 18 and get your full money back. After March 18th, all your money back minus $35.

Since we are getting a small quantity, we would like to spread the NUCs around, so we will be selling only one NUC to each person (but you may be able to twist our collective arms and reserve two).

More questions? Please email