2019 Bee Orders

Considerations for beginners

Purchasing a nuc is the fastest and easiest way to establish a new colony.

For those using medium depth equipment or top bar hives, you’ll need to order package bees.

Langstroth hives are used by the majority of beekeepers.

Most beginning beekeeping books focus on Langstroths.

Concerned with heavy lifting?

For a lighter option consider using 8-frame deeps instead of the standard 10-frame.

Or, consider using 3-medium boxes instead of the standard 2-deep boxes.

This year the El Dorado Beekeepers is offering club members the choice of both nucs and package bees.

A nucleus hive (nuc) consists of five deep frames with honeycomb and a newly established colony. It includes a newly mated queen, all stages of brood, and frames with honey and pollen. Nucs build up more quickly than packages and are the easiest way for beginners to establish new hives.

Package bees are an artificial swarm containing 2-3 lbs of shook bees, plus a newly mated, caged queen.

This year the El Dorado Beekeepers is offering club members the choice of both nucs and package bees.

A nucleus hive (nuc) consists of five deep frames with honeycomb and a newly established colony. It includes a newly mated queen, all stages of brood, and frames with honey and pollen. Nucs build up more quickly than packages and are the easiest way for beginners to establish new hives.

Package bees are an artificial swarm containing 2-3 lbs of shook bees, plus a newly mated, caged queen.

$180 / nuc

SUPPLIER:
Golden West Apiaries
Eric and Randy Oliver
Grass Valley, CA

 

  • 5 deep wooden frames with built-out honeycomb
  • sold in ‘Jester EZ Nuc’ corrugated plastic reusable boxes
  • recently mated, tested, laying queen
  • brood in all stages
  • frames with honey and pollen

$160 / package

SUPPLIER:
Olivarez Honey Bees
Orland, CA

 

  • 3 lbs of bees
  • newly mated, marked, caged queen

Members must be logged in to buy bees.

When will my bees arrive?

Bees are like babies and come when they’re ready. That being said, you’ll want to be fully prepared with your hives assembled and in place by the first of April. You can expect your bees to arrive anytime from early April to mid-May. Everything depends on Mother Nature, as queens and drones need dry weather with temperatures above 70°F in order to mate. Once queens are mated, nucs and packages can be completed and readied for delivery.

We kindly ask that you do not call to inquire when your bees will arrive. We won't know until our vendors notify us. As soon as a delivery day is scheduled, you will be notified by email on what day to pick up your bees. Notifications will also go out on Facebook and our website.

Questions? Contact Chuck at buybees@eldoradobeekeepers.org.