Bees - Nucs and Packages

Wondering what a "nuc" is, or a "package"?

Nuc is short for nucleus colony. (It has nothing to do with nuclear power.) Think of it as the start or center of a new colony of bees. It usually consists of 5 deep Langstroth frames (roughly 2 of brood, 2 of food and one empty for the queen to lay in right away) a new, mated, laying queen, and bees all in a temporary travel nuc box of plastic, wood or cardboard. A nuc is a great way to get started in our climate, but costs a little more up front.

A package of bees is a wire screen and wood cage containing usually 3 pounds of bees, a new, mated queen in her cage, and a can of sugar syrup for the journey. The bees will need to build their own comb and accept the queen. This makes it a little more difficult to get started, but costs less up front. See your suppliers' websites for more information.


Lazy Bee Ranch Honey still has packages left!

We have a limited number still available for our April 29th pick up and several available for our May 13th Pickup. 3 Lb package of Bees With your choice of Italian or Carniolan Queen. These packages are from Koehnens and have superior hygienic genetics. Delivery will be either April 29th or May 13th depending on what day you select. We haul our packages in a specially designed climate controlled trailer with air conditioning, 10 forced air fans, and 12 oversized vents. We do everything we can to make sure that your bees arrive happy and healthy. Pickup will be at Lazy Bee Ranch Headquarters at Bromley Farm, 1594 E. Bromley Lane, Brighton, CO Packages can be ordered at LazyBeeRanchHoney.com

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Plan Bee Spring 2017 Nucs and Packages

Five Frame Nucs include a queen, brood, and honey; perfect to start your new hive. February 2017 Special - With one or more nuc purchase receive free honey gate. $180

Preorder your package bees for Spring 2017 now at this special price. 3 pounds of Italian bees with queen FREE SMOKER (with purchase)(No sales tax on bees) Package Bees MUST BE PICKED UP WITHIN 24 HRS OF NOTICE. NO REFUNDS. $139

More info and to order here

Thank you,

Kathy Lyons

Plan Bee Beekeeping Supplies

Thornton, CO


To Bee or not to Bee Spring 2017 Nucs and Packages

NUCS - $185. The parent colonies of these nucs spend winter in Colorado until Almond season. After their pollination contract, the beekeeper splits the hives and adds a 2017 Italian queen to the nuc. They are then brought home to Colorado by Lazy Bee Ranch in a climate controlled trailer to help prevent temperature stress on the bees. Expected delivery first half of May.

Learn more here

PACKAGE BEES - $130. To Bee or Not To Bee now has Carniolan and Italian package bees for sale online and in our store. These packages, produced by C. F. Koehnen and Sons, come with Cordovan Italian or Carniolan queens. A family with a rich beekeeping history, the Koehnens have a reputation for assembling high-quality packages with top-notch queens. The bees will be transported to their new home in a climate controlled trailer to reduce temperature stress. Expected delivery Date is May 12-14

Order and learn more about the Carniolans here

Order and learn more about the Italians here

Packages from Apis Hive will still be delivered to To Bee or not to Bee and sold through Apis Hive. See below


Apis Hive Spring 2017 Packages and Nucs

3# package of bees delivered to Grand Junction, CO, Saturday 22 April 2017 - $130

3# package of bees delivered to To Bee or not to Bee in Littleton, CO, Saturday 29 April 2017 - $130

5 frame nuc pick up in Grand Junction, CO, 13 May 2017 - $165

Please visit my website for up to date information and to place an order.

Chad Raglund

Apis Hive

970-270-3502

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Northern Colorado Beekeepers Spring 2017 Packages and Nucs

Bees from Lazy Bee Ranch. Web ordering and up to date information at their website. Orders will be taken on a first come first served basis until we are sold out. There has never been a year that we did not sell out. Check or money order only.

Member prices for 2017:

Package $125 Italian or Carniolan, pickup in Evans, CO,  29 April Target Date

Nuc $185 Italian or Carniolan, pickup in Evans, CO, mid May

Non-members, add $10 per. Better yet, become a member and enjoy member pricing!

Donald P. Studinski, 303-248-6677

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Highland Bees Spring 2017 Nucs

Happy New Year to all!

While the world is cold and bees are dormant, ordering new bees may not come to mind, but spring and the time to repopulate your hives will come sooner than you think.

Don't dally. There is a finite number of nucs available. These five-frame nucs fit into deep Langstroth hive bodies. You can order them through my website.

If you have questions, first check the website. It contains helpful information about nucs and the nuc sale. If you are still stumped, you are welcome to call me at (303) 514-9257.

Remember, if you are ordering for bees for the first time, you must take a beekeeping class somewhere. Keeping bees really is a privilege in today's world. Please do everything in your power to safeguard bees.

Best wishes,

Tim Brod

Highland Bees

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Dakota Bees Spring 2017 Packages and Native Bees

Three pound packages with a mated queens delivered to Wheatridge on 29 April and 6 May. $120 each with quantity discounts. Queens are an Italian hybrid reared for honey production, gentle nature and over wintering. Queens and bee packages are produced by our supplier who ships them here in their climate controlled truck holding over 1000 bee packages. Order from my website

Locally raised leafcutter bees and blue orchard (mason) bees available in season while supplies last.

Greg Rye

Dakota Bees

720-621-7305

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Prairie Wind Bee Supply Spring 2017 Packages and Nucs

Our honey bees are from northern California. We have worked with this line of bees for 5 years, and have achieved nothing but excellence from them here in the West. The breeding program selects these bees for mite resistance and hygienic traits. They are excellent honey producers and very gentle. These bees overwinter well here in our harsh climate. Ordering and more info at our website.

3 lb Package - Italian or Carniolan $133 cash/check, pick up only in Cheyenne in late April, date TBD

5-frame nuc - Italian or Carniolan $185 cash/check, Pick up only in Cheyenne in May, date TBD

Credit Card orders add 3%

Jonathan Root

Prairie Wind Bee Supply (307) 899-2332

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Honey Hive Farms Spring 2017 Package Bees and Queens

We have around 480 bee packages left for May delivery and have already sold out for April. Please order NOW if you would like bee packages for May.

Cordovan Italian or New World Carniolan 3# package with queen, delivered to Aurora, CO $135.

Cordovan Italian or New World Carniolan queen only, delivered to Aurora, CO $35.

Order on our website.

or Email Honey Hive Farms

Tim & Connie Moore

Saving the world one bee at a time.

Honey Hive Farms

(602) 330-8468