Nuc of Bees

2022 Nucs Are On Sale Nov 2, 11am!

Please read below to determine which Nuc is best for you. When you call (510-665-5509) to pay, choose from these two options:

Early Nuc. $300.
Exclusively for advanced beekeepers with 2+ years experience

–Arrives in March and will need to be expertly managed to prevent swarming.
–Comes with corrugated Nuc box, 5 frames of brood, 1 cageless queen bred for mite resistance, and thousands of bees.
–Early Nucs can be split, thus doubling your bees in the first season!
–The BFO will NOT be available to provide technical support for these Nucs as they are reserved for experienced beekeepers only.

April/May Nuc. $260.
Good option for beginners as well as experienced beekeepers

Comes with corrugated Nuc box, 5 frames of brood, 1 cageless queen bred for mite resistance, and thousands of bees.

Biofuel Oasis WILL be available to provide technical support for the April/May Nucs, which includes:

–Detailed directions and video on how to transfer your Nuc into their permanent home
–Free 1 hour Zoom session before Nuc pick-up that covers how “Nuc night” will work, how to best transfer your Nuc, ant protection, feeding, and other critical information
–In-store support to buy the correct equipment to get started with beekeeping.
–Our Nuc Care instructions

HOW TO RESERVE: Please call us at 510-665-5509 or stop by the Biofuel Oasis to pre-pay and reserve your Nuc. Decide whether you want an Early Nuc or an April/May Nuc before you contact us, and have your credit card ready. Our store hours: Monday-Friday 11am-6pm; Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday Noon-4pm

REFUND POLICY: Cancel by March 15th and get your full money back. After March 15th, all your money back minus $75. Any issues with your Nuc (no queen, etc.) need to be reported within 3 weeks of pick up. Time is of essence so we can correct the issue quickly.

All bees will be picked up between 8 and 10pm at NIGHT on 3 different evenings. (You move bees at night.)  We aim to give you a week’s notice for the pickup night. We won’t know the exact pick-up dates until we get closer to spring—it’s hard to predict the weather, and we can’t pick up Nucs if it is stormy.

NUCs for 2022

2022 will be the 11th year in a row purchasing NUCs from Golden West Bees! We are happy to support Randy and his sons Eric & Ian in their family-run business. 

Three Reasons You’ll Love Randy Oliver’s Bees

1. Bred Only from Colonies that Exhibit Mite Resistance  Randy picks 20-30 hives (out of his 1200 hives) that do best against mites each year (keep mite levels lowest). He makes queens from those hives, and those are the ones they breed for your Nucs.  Read about his efforts to breed for mite resistance! 

2. Gentle Bees
Randy often inspects hives without a veil and gloves and has bred his bees to be very mellow. Gentle bees are great for beginners who are learning to hive inspect, as the bees are more forgiving and take longer to rile up.

3. Lots of Honey
In addition to mite resistance and gentleness, Randy has bred his best honey producers.  These Nucs are booming and build up fast. If you manage them correctly, you will likely get two boxes of honey your first year. Leave one for the bees for winter and harvest the other one in October. Hint:  If you reserve bees earlier, your bees will come earlier and have more time to make more honey. 

Before you get your Nucs

These Nucs grow quickly. We highly recommend that you take our classes so you can successfully inspect and manage them, even if you’ve kept bees before. A refresher never hurts! For the Early Nucs we recommend taking the Swarm Prevention and Splits Class. For the April/May Nucs, take: Backyard Beekeeping, Hive Inspection, & Varroa Mite Management.


Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping, November 13th, 10am-1pm on Zoom.
Fun and informal lecture class about the basics of bees and beekeeping in your own backyard.

More questions? Please join Bee Teacher/BFO co-founder, Jennifer Radtke’s bee group, Learn from the Bees