"nucleus colonies"



Nucs are the easiest way to start a bee hive or to increase your existing hives. A nuc is simply a new colony that is busy starting out. We supply high standard 5 frame Nucs  with a laying queen. Ready to expand into the new season! 

We have the following Nuc options available

(min order 2 or receive less 10% for orders of 10 +)

Option 1:

New Hive - Commercial quality

5 frames of bees and a laying queen transferred into a new brood chamber with an additional 5 new frames with wax starter strips. Hive consists of floor board, brood chamber (10 frames), inner lid and telescopic lid treated with waxol.

Price R2000.00 each

Option 2: (T&C)

Customer's hive (without frames)

5 frames of bees and a laying queen transferred into a customer's hive and an additional 5 new frames with wax starter strips. 

Price R1400.00 each

T&C for customers that bring their own hives (no frames needed):

  • Hive must be clean and in good condition.

  • Hive need to seal properly, no holes bigger than 2mm.

  • Internal dimensions: 360-370mm width, 465mm length, 240mm deep, rabbet frame groove 14-16mm depth / 10-12mm width.(Based on Langstroth dimensions)

  • All hives to be delivered to our farm shop latest 2 weeks prior to pickup dates.

Pickup dates / terms:

Please note that the shop will not be open during collections! Please bring adequate equipment to transport the hives. An open vehicle is best! Collections need to happen swiftly as customers need to still hit the road, offload and open them.


Buying from us will be money well spent and the start or continuation of a relationship with integrity. We also buy bee colonies/apiaries and should beekeeping not be for you after a few years you can contact us to buy them.

Healthy brood
Queen and workers

More about our Nucs and order process

The colonies have frames of brood, pollen/honey and are ready to expand.

We carefully select queens for our nuc colonies.

Hives and frames are made to last in a commercial operation and will last many years if looked after.

We don't sell bees on old poor condition wax combs!!

All colonies are inspected by us, and will not be sold if they seem to be weak and struggling.

We only sell colonies that are actively growing in numbers and then transfer them to a brood hive about a week before the pick up date. We also inspect for common diseases during transfer.

Further development of these colonies and production of honey depends on the seasonal conditions.

DON'T use these colonies for pollination services in the first season, they will suffer severely!! (or die)

(Nuc colony sales is for the hobbyist to small scale beekeeping market)

ORDER PROCESS FOR NUCS (via email only)

All orders need to be placed and paid for during the month of June for September pick-up(recommended). If you missed that then you can still order in August for November pick-up. Your payment secures your bees. Limited amounts available.

  1. Send us your number of Nucs needed. (minimum 2)

  2. We notify you what stock we can supply.

  3. You pay the pro forma invoice.

  4. We notify you that we received the funds.

  5. We email you 3 weeks in advance to confirm the exact pick-up dates.

If you cannot attend the pick-up dates an extra fee of R200 per customer will be charged for special dates.

20% Handling fee applicable for cancellations up to 2 weeks before pick-up date. After this, sorry, no refunds!

Are you ready to keep some bees ?

  • get the basic equipment

  • join a course

  • have the right protective gear

Our farm shop Apiarista is there for the beekeeper and stocked with all you need to keep bees! 
(we only sell equipment from our shop and not via courier)

We offer a  basic course annually and we have a brochure at a small fee on how to start a colony.

Second hand hive/equipment sale during August (first come basis)

To be noted:

Care should be taken regarding from whom you buy bees.  Make sure that they are at least a reputable beekeeper with years of experience (too many will want to sell you weak colonies or colonies that just came from heavy pollination work).

Once you are the owner of a colony of bees you need to register with DAFF every 2 years (Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries).