BioFuel Oasis

Nuc of Bees

2014 Nuc of Bees for Sale — SOLD OUT as of FEB. 28th!

We’re excited to sell Nucs of bees for the 3rd year in a row! It will be similar to last year, including the source (Randy Oliver) and the price! We will include a free Nuc get-together in May/June to show you how to go into your hive and what to look for (& possibly another Nuc get-together later in the year) Here are the details. You have two different options:

Option 1: NUC in returnable wood box $185 (includes $10 refundable deposit for wood box)
For those that already have hive equipment.
Includes:
Queen bee & colony of bees from Randy Oliver
5 deep frames of mostly brood
NUC wood box
You will pick this 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 transfer to your hive at home.

Option 2: NUC in wood hive $325
For new beekeepers that need the wood hive equipment.
Includes:
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
Wax-dipped Deep Super Box
Wax-dipped Screened Bottom Board with Drawer
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).

A note about the queens & the bees:
The queen will not be in a cage (as in package bees), as the bees will have already adjusted to her as their queen.
The queen will be mated and laying in the same “large” nuc with the bees. Randy Oliver considers all his bees to be a mix (not a particular kind like Italian, Russian, etc.), as he’s grafting from several different mite-tolerant lines of bees, all being best performers from the prior year. He breeds his queens each year from the hives that perform best against varroa mites, have the highest honey production, and are the most docile (least aggressive). Randy Oliver is a well-respected beekeeper in Grass Valley who does a lot of field research on bees. See his Website here.

May/June Nuc Get-together – We will have a 2 hour free class taught by Jennifer where we will go into a few of the Nucs, so you get hands-on experience and know what to look for. A couple of people with Nucs host the class. You can meet other people with Nucs that live near you and continue to go into your hives together. It’s so much better (more fun, less stressful, more interesting to compare hives, etc.) to go into a hive with someone, rather than alone.

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 or 2. We only have 30 NUCS and they will sell out out quickly.

If you do need a payment plan, we can work with you. Email

Refund Policy: Cancel by April 5 and get your full money back. After April 5th, 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