Nuc of Bees


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2019 Nuc of Bees for Sale

We are taking reservations for 2019 Nucs. Reserve them early - before they sell out!Randy Oliver (front) with our 2015 Nucs in Grass Valley.

We're excited to sell Nucs of bees for the 8th year in a row from Randy Oliver! They come packed with bees, brood, and an excellent laying queen. These bees are awesome and here are three reasons why you should get them (& why we sell them):


  1. Mite-free & Mite-resistant - Randy treats all the nucs with oxalic acid dribble so they are essentially mite-free when you get them (0 or 1 mites out of 300 bees). He also picks out the 30 hives (out of his 1200 hives) that do best against mites each year (keep mite levels lowest) and makes the queens for the nucs from those hives. Some of the nucs bought the last two years, have kept their mites low and have not needed treatment or needed significantly less treatment. We highly recommend monitoring mite levels July - October with the sugar roll test because of the mites your bees may pick up through robbing.
  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. Gentle Temperament - Randy inspects hives often without a veil & gloves and in shorts 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.

You have two different options:

Option 1: NUC in corregated nuc box $240 For those that already have hive equipment.
1st Year Queen bee & colony of bees from Randy Oliver
5 deep frames including brood laid by queen
NUC corregated box (reuse to catch swarms)

Option 2: NUC in wood hive $378
For new beekeepers that need the wood hive equipment.
1st Year Queen Bee & colony of bees from Randy Oliver
5 deep frames including brood laid by queen 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

All bees will be picked up between 9 and 10pm at NIGHT on 3 different evenings. (You move bees at night.)

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  1. March Pickup for experienced beekeepers: These nucs were made late last summer and will grow very quickly in the spring. If you manage them well, you can split them in May and get two hives out of them. In fact, we'd recommend splitting them in May or they may swarm instead. In 2018, we picked them up the first week in March. Depending on weather, they will come late February to mid-March.
  2. Two April Pickups for beginning (& experienced) beekeepers: These nucs will be made in March 2019. They will also grow quickly, but since they come later, are less likely to swarm. Depending on weather, they will come mid- April to beginning of May.

Pickups are weather dependent - a rainy or cold winter delays and a dry and/or hot winter expedites.

The earlier you reserve, the earlier date you will be scheduled to pick-up and your bees will have more time to grow and produce more honey.

We will email full instructions on how to pick up your hive and how to transfer it to your equipment (for Option 1).

Who 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

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. Oxalic acid is dribbled on each Nuc when there is no capped brood, so that they come with a very low varroa mite level (0 or 1 mite per 300 bees if you sugar roll test them).IMG_0386

Recommended 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 or 2. We only have 160 NUCS and they will sell out quickly. You cannot order online as we have a few questions for you!

Refund Policy:
Cancel by March 15th and get your full money back. After March 15th, 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 three NUCs, at most, to each person .

More questions? Please email