2022 Nuc Reservation

(9 customer reviews)
5.00 out of 5

2022 nuc reservation. Select your Pickup location, Queen preference, and enter Quantity of nucs to reserve. (‘Add to Cart’ button will appear after making selections).

We have nucs with either Carniolan or Italian queens. We will try our best to accommodate your desired queen preference. If ordering multiple nucs and you would like some with one type and others with the other type, please choose “Even Split 50/50”.

This is a no-cost reservation. 2022 price is $170 due at time of pickup in cash, money order, or cashier’s check. Deposit not required except if reserving 5 nucs or more. Please contact us to coordinate orders of 5 or more nucs.

For full description, estimated schedule, and pickup locations, please read in the Description below.


Due to time constraints and the sensitive nature of bee orders, we ask any cancellations be made no later than 21 days PRIOR to nuc pickup date. This allows others to be able to fill the reservation and show up at the appropriate location.


Those who are not able to abide by the cancellation policy and no show at time of pickup will be refrained from reserving nucs in the future.





5 frame Nuc will consist of 3 frames of all stages of brood and fourth and fifth frame with honey, pollen, and bees. No introduction of a queen since she is already laying eggs and has capped brood.These nucs have more bees and potential than a package (up to 6 weeks ahead) Each nuc is evaluated individually

The combs you will be getting have never been exposed to antibiotics. Mite treatments only when necessary

-Queens will be grafted from our stock (mostly old-world WSU and Glenn background genetics).We select for honey production, gentleness, disease resistance, and low swarm tendency.

-Italian and Carniolan available.

-Bees survive well in our dry summers and cold winters.

-Queens are never banked but are born into the nuc and evaluated after mating. Queens will be allowed to lay 3 weeks or better and all of her brood will be evaluated. She will need to have 3+ frames of excellent brood pattern to pass our standard.

– Nucs are less likely to supersede their queen compared to a 3lb package. She is already a proven functioning part of the new hive.

-Nucs build up bee populations faster increasing your chances of a bigger honey crop!

-All customers are welcome to check nucs before purchase.

– Nucs come in a non-returnable box.

-Please note these are DEEP (9.5/8) nucs.

Price: 5 frame nuc with box is $170 
No deposit required, except if ordering 25 or more (Please contact us to discuss)
Available Mid April

FREE delivery to Wenatchee, Bozeman, and Missoula mid-to-end of April.

Approximate Current Scheduled Pickup Locations:

Wenatchee: ~April 16th

Spokane: ~April 23th & 24th

Missoula: ~May 6th

Bozeman/Butte: ~May 7th

Specific Location and dates/times will be sent out as we get closer.


Additional information

Pickup Location

MT-Bozeman, MT-Missoula, WA-Spokane, WA-Wenatchee

Queen Preference

No Preference, Italian, Carniolan, Even Split 50/50

  1. alex
    5 out of 5

    Thank you!!! Love the nucs, lots of bees and brood! Will buy again!!

  2. thomas_becton_jones
    5 out of 5

    I have been buying these bees for several years from Reuben. They are gentle, produce well, and over-winter well here in northern Idaho. The bees are quite hygienic and keep a nice hive without burying everything in propolis. I highly recommend these bees, especially to new beekeepers. I’ve been keeping bees 50 years now, and these are some of the finest bees I’ve ever kept!

  3. Scott Myhre
    5 out of 5

    I believe that Ruben and his brother produce some of the best bees around. I’ve picked up either my bees or someone else’s bees from these guys for 5 years now. I have one hive whose queen will be 4 years old this spring. I think I’ll have to replace her this spring, but will try to graft from her genetics if I can. Their bees are gentle, good honey producers, and they over winter well here in Missoula MT. Thanks Ruben, and I’ll see you again this spring!

  4. scott
    5 out of 5

    I would highly recommend Outdoor Bee’s girls to beginner’s and experienced beekeepers alike. I have one hive that I purchased from Reuben in 2015 and it is one of my best producers and over winters every year. I plan on grafting her stock this spring because it is a proven winner! Most of the people in our club have been very happy with Outdoor Bee and we look forward to seeing Reuben & Company again this year! Thanks guys for all the hard work.

  5. Emil McCain
    5 out of 5

    I just ordered my third batch of nucs from Ruben and his team. Great bees from great guys! I overwinter these bees with huge success even in high elevation Montana. Hives are gentile and clean and produce tremendous yields year after year. Additionally, Ruben has been a pleasure to work with, always available to answer questions, help problem solve and have sent out replacement queens when I needed. These guys are passionate about their work and their products and coustomer service show for it. The consistency here is second to none. Recomended for beginners and pros alike. Can’t wait to add this year’s order to my growing apiary!

  6. Paula
    5 out of 5

    absolutely awesome nucs! good weights, lots of bee’s (all stages) do wish you would offer at a cost marked queens (old eyes). could not be happier! will be buying more in 2020 to add to these beauty’s- and the staff? so kind and helpful, thanks for coming to Montana, much appreciated to get good bees!

  7. Randy Russ
    5 out of 5

    Bought our first nuc last spring and couldn’t bee happier. Have never had such a strong hive working dawn to dark every day and even out as late as December 21st here in Superior MT. Now thats some strong bees! Out standing job to Ruben and his team! Thank you, Randy Russ

  8. Anonymous
    5 out of 5

    Just wanted to let you know I was very happy with the two nucs I picked up form you guys last Friday in Spokane…. Bees look great and lots of brood already Will recommend you guys to anyone that ask about where to get nucs

    Thanks again

  9. John Backs
    5 out of 5

    Great bees. The nuc I bought not only filled both brood boxes for the winter, they gave me a surplus of 34#. The second year they produced over 50# of extra honey. They winter well too.

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