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Where To Get Bees

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.

NOTE: CSBA does not endorse any of the providers listed on this page. We are simply publishing this list as a benefit to our Members and Vistors to this site. To be listed please send information including your Package or Nuc offerings to info@coloradobeekeepers.org.

Please exercise due diligence when choosing and engaging any provider on this list as CSBA is not responsible for the services or actions of the listed providers.

Eastern Colorado Beekeepers

Offers 3lb bee packages and nuc colonies annually, with potential options for group orders of queens when there is coordinated interest.
For more information, visit http://easterncoloradobees.com/

Rocky Mountain Bee Supply

We carry a full line of hives, equipment, tools, protective wear, and beekeeping classes of all levels. We also provide honey extraction and consult services.
2019 Italian Nucs and packages available
Pre-order bees online: rockymountainbeesupply.com
Pick up will be here at the store in Colorado Springs.

Lazy Bee Ranch Honey still has packages left!

Italian or Carniolan queen from Koehnen’s.  Pickup on April 29th or May 13th will be at Lazy Bee Ranch Headquarters at Bromley Farm, 1594 E. Bromley Lane, Brighton, CO LazyBeeRanchHoney.com
Call Zack For Questions

Fat Mountain Queens

Queens locally adapted to Southwestern Colorado.  These are “mutt” queens that originated in cut-outs. They have been monitored for at least two years for low mite numbers, disease resistance, and good propolization (lots). I work bare-handed, so they are relatively docile.

Tina Sebestyen
Bayfield/Durango area of SW Colorado
https://beequest.buzz or bee.seeking@gmail.com

To Bee or Not to Bee   Nucs and Packages

We strive to select the best package bees and nucs from the best vendors. We offer multiple varieties of bees on various dates. Learn more here.

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Apis Hive & Honey Co

Office hours 9-5pm M-F
3 pound Package bees with mated queen $145 ea. No cage deposit or return required.
Includes a online bee school for all levels of beekeeping
Free 15 Min coaching call with a Beekeeping Pro included with purchase
We sell extra Mated Queens on sale $28 for splits or swarms. Pre order thru February (CrossX queens) Price goes up to $35 March 1st.
5 frame Nucs with “foul test” verification will be $190 (CrossX) Queens
These are extremely limited and go on sale March 1st Castle Rock or GJ
Delivery locations for package bees 2021Ft. Collins, Thornton, Littleton, Castle Rock, Pueblo, Grand Junction

Click here for more information and ordering :
Chad & Heidi Ragland

Northern Colorado Beekeepers  Packages and Nucs

packages for To Bee or Not to Bee and Lazy Bee Honey Ranch for club members

Highland Bees

Five frame nucs and queens available
(303) 514-9257.
Tim Brod
Highland Bees
Email Tim Brod

Dakota Bees  Packages and Native Bees

Three pound packages with Italian queens delivered to Wheatridge. quantity discounts. Order from my website
Locally raised leafcutter bees and blue orchard (mason) bees available in season while supplies last.
Greg Rye
Dakota Bees
Email Greg Rye

Prairie Wind Bee Supply Packages and Nucs

Pick-up only in Cheyennne, WY
Ordering and more info at our website.
Jonathan Root
Prairie Wind Bee Supply (307) 899-2332
Email Prairie Wind

Honey Hive Farms  Package Bees and Queens

Cordovan Italian or New World Carniolan 3# package .
Order on our website.
or Email Honey Hive FarmsTim & Connie Moore
Saving the world one bee at a time.
Honey Hive Farms
(602) 330-8468

Plan Bee

supplier of packages and nucs
(303) 286-7002

Izzy’s Honey

David Izaguirre. 970-324-0092 call text or email izzyshoney1@yahoo.com
2047 26th Av Ct Greeley, Co 80634
400 5 frame nucs available for 2021. Italian mix 2021 queen. .Full of bees. Comb 3 years or newer.

Nimbus Road Apiaries

Local queens and nucs
Dean Chapla 303-570-8223
4090 Nimbus Road Longmont, Colorado 80503

worthwhile queens from the past President of the Russian Honey Bee Breeders Association

Steven & Angelia Coy
Coy Bee Company
Coy Honey Farms 601-716-3080
358 Highway 13
Wiggins, MS 39577

Brighton Bee Club

Packages through the Brighton Bee Club for $135/pkg.  Now taking orders for 3# package with mated Italian queen.  Pickup will be in Brighton on April 24th.  Location to be announced later.

Web link:  https://www.brightonbee.club/order-bee-packages.  This is our big fund raiser of the year.  Please support our club.

The Beekeepers Den

618 E Bridge St in Brighton, CO.

5 frame NUCs and mated Italian queens.  Prices have not been determined yet but will be posted by mid-February 2021.  Pickup will be in Brighton on April 24th.  Contact Dan Rau at dan@darbees.com or call 303-619-1904 for more information.

Copoco’s Honey

2020 N College Ave, Fort Collins, CO – 970 493 2923. Open: 10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday.

Packages – $135, Nucs – $195. Package pickup – Last weekend in April for packages, Nucs – 2-3 weeks later.
Copocoshoney.com – 970 493 2923 – jack_gil3more@yahoo.com

Perry Welch

Monument, CO area – 303 810-1321

Approximately 75 nucs for Late April delivery – $189. Actual delivery dates TBA for Castle Rock, Elizabeth & Kiowa, CO – Beeutifulthings@msn.com

Lanoix’s Apiary

Christoph Lenway – 303 944-6000 – lanoixsinfo@gmail.com

Packages and Nucs orders are available from February to Late April with package pick ups in April and Nuc pickups in May. We have both California and Colorado raised bees.


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