Colonial Beekeepers Nuc Program – providing Virginia bees to Virginia beekeepers!
We have club beekeepers in our program with the goal of producing nucs for beekeepers interested in local honey bees.

So what is a NUC? A NUC is a small colony of bees (NUCleus colony) which is started from a fully developed hive. Another common term is a split. Most members will not start splitting hives until well into the nectar flow so the main hive honey production is not impacted severely. That is not a definite date…depends on weather. It then will take 4-6 weeks until the nuc is ready to sell/deliver. We are hoping to have nucs ready for purchase in late spring…..late in May into June or even later.

So here is how it works….The club nuc co-ordinators keep a list of club nuc producers, a list of club members and a list non-members who wish to obtain a nuc or two (wannabees). We personally DO NOT have a stash of nucs in the freezer or in the back yard!!!!

When the “NUC Coordinator” is notified by a producer that a NUC is available for sale/delivery, he/she goes down the list of “club wannabees” and sends the producer a couple of names with contact info. The nuc producer will contact you directly via phone and/or email. It is very important that the buyer contact the producer as soon as possible after notification that a nuc is ready for pickup and make arrangements. Once again ….The “wannabee” will be notified and it is then that person’s responsibility to get the NUC in a timely fashion…..most producers want it picked up in a day or two and they set the terms for pick up ….


Nucs include:

  • 3 Frames of brood
  • 2 Frames of food stores
  • 1 Queen that laid the brood
  •  State Inspection


  • $100 for medium frame nuc (2015)
  • $110 for deep frame nuc (2015)


  • $125 for medium frame nuc
  • $135 for deep frame nuc

Members Only
Over wintered nucs

  • $25 additional cost


We recommend that you take the Beginning Beekeepers Course and have a mentor assigned prior to receiving bees.


You can sign up for a maximum of two (2) nucs a year, but will only receive one at a time. As nucs become available, orders will be filled until everyone on the list gets one (1) nuc. If you have signed up for two (2) nucs, you will then be contacted to pick up your second nuc as they become available. We will fill member orders first and then non-member orders.


Please bring appropriate equipment including tiedowns and protective clothing when you pick up your bees, as you will be inspecting your nuc at that time.  Your responsibilities when you receive a nuc are to:

  • Bring your bee suit and hive tools so you can inspect the hive with the producer.
  • Bring your hive body (bottom board, box, inner cover, telescoping cover) with extra frames of foundation or comb to fill out your hive.
  • Bring devices to close off your hive entry(s), so bees don’t escape during transport.
  • Bring Push pins to lock your bees/frames and to lock the entry device for transport.
  • Bring ratchet tie-down strap(s) for securing the hive for transport.


Minimum information required to be added to the list is:   (E-MAIL preferred)

  • your name
  • telephone number
  • email address
  • number of nucs, 1 or 2
  • deep or medium frames
  • are you a CBA member?



If you have questions or would like to be added to the Colonial Beekeepers nuc list, please contact either:


Steve Kolet

[email protected]

757 345-0887  H

610 304-4679 C


Fran Hurd

[email protected]

757 293-8796 C