Nuc of Bees

We will be selling 2022 NUCS starting November 2

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What is a “NUC of Bees?”

NUCs, or nucleus colonies, are small honey bee colonies created from larger colonies. The name is derived from the fact that a NUC hive is centered on a queen, the nucleus of the honey bee colony.

NUCs for 2022

2022 will be the 11th year in a row purchasing NUCs from Golden West Bees (Randy Oliver & his sons)! They come packed with bees, brood, and a queen bred from colonies that exhibit mite resistance.

Three Reasons You’ll Love Randy Oliver’s Bees

1. Gentle Temperament
Randy inspects hives often without a veil & gloves and has bred his bees to be very mellow. These bees are great for beginners who are learning to hive inspect, as the bees are more forgiving and take a long time to rile up.

2. LOTS of Honey
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 September or October.

3. Bred Only from Colonies that Exhibit Mite Resistance
Randy picks out ~30 hives (out of his 1200 hives) that do best against mites each year and makes the queens for the NUCs from those hives. Read about his efforts to breed for mite resistance!

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!


Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping
Fun and informal lecture class about the basics of bees and beekeeping in your own backyard.

Hive Inspection Class
Class and video demonstrating the necessary tools and how to thoroughly inspect your hive.

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