“ The pickup event that the guys at Bear Country Bees put on was really enjoyable! Not only were they really professional and personable, we appreciated that they took extra time to coach us while we were there."
- Mark Knutson
About Your Nucs
Each year, Bear Country Bees delivers 3 lb. bee packages & nucs to beekeepers in the Utah and Salt Lake county areas. These bees are reared in the finest, most reputable apiaries in California and transported safely to Utah for pickup.
Over the years, Bear Country Bees has provided hundreds of bee packages & nucs to beekeepers from all experience levels and walks of life.
*Note: all nucs come with an established queen, 5-frames, and a nuc box.
Nuc Pickup Options
Check out the the pickup location details below and schedule your time to pick up your nucs. Times don't work for you? Contact our support team to make alternative arrangements.
Plan To Be Flexible!
Each season, we transport 3 lb. bee packages to Utah from California. Then, we install bees from these packages into nucs and nurture them for approximately 10 days to ensure the colony is properly established.
The inherently unpredictable nature of agriculture (e.g. weather delays) can create a lot of scheduling challenges for the initial pickup of the bee packages. We ask you to please be patient and flexible as we work with the apiaries to secure these bees for you and get them to you safely.
Once the initial establishment period is over, we turn the bees over to you! We'll need you to arrange a pickup time with us to pick up your nuc(s) around or after dusk. Picking up in the late evening or early night allows us to get your bees safely prepared for travel.
No other beekeeping supply company in our area offers this service!
" Bear Country Bees has a MUCH better service quality than other suppliers I've tried. I'm much more satisfied with what I received here. They made it very easy to order my bees and kept me very well updated on the arrival status. "
Mary Gerard - 4th-Year Beekeeper
Office Hours Event Replay
Did you miss the live event? Not to worry! Click the play button below to watch the event replay and see what is going to be different at this year's Bee Package Pickup event. You can also download our slide deck below.
Download The Event Slides
Click below to download a PDF of the slides we used at the online event
What To Expect
What's Different About Our Honey Bee Pickup Experience?
Our pickup experience is one-of-a-kind in the beekeeping industry. It's not just a logistical hand-off. When you come to pick up your bees, you'll get access to additional supplies, hands-on instruction, 1:1 beekeeper training, Q&A sessions, and more. We've got everything you'll need to get a successful start to your season. You won't leave disappointed!
But it doesn't stop there! Even after you pick up your bees, we're still here for you. We don't just pass things off to you only to disappear until the next time you need to buy bees or beekeeping supplies.
We stick around to provide you with on-going resources throughout the season starting with Backyard Beekeeping Launchpad, our new state-of-the-art online course for new backyard beekeepers. We also have loads of free articles, online courses, and other resources we're consistently releasing along with our world-class support to give you everything you need to become a successful beekeeper.
Convenient Online Resources
Get 24/7 access to all of our online courses, articles, and other beekeeping resources.
Even after your pickup, we're here to answer questions you have throughout the season.
What Our Customers Say
I haven't had a good experience with the other suppliers in the area, but I really like the way these guys do business. One thing that has impressed me all along the way with Bear Country Bees is that they are very good at communicating in a professional and timely manner. All around great service!
Make sure you have the latest pickup details
In order to get the most out of our Nuc Pickup event, check out our Real-Time Updates regularly to make sure you're in the loop all along the way. As soon as we have new details, you'll have access to them.
Here are some common questions about picking up your nucs:
How do I get the latest updates?
The best way to get updates is to use the Real-Time Updates (comments) section below.
You can also use this comments section below to ask us any questions you have. We will be closely monitoring your responses and will make every effort to respond as quickly as we can.
If you haven't received a response to your inquiry within 48 hours (prior to the pickup date) or within 2 hours the day of, please feel free to reach out using one of the other contact methods.
Are the pickup details set in stone?
No, unfortunately not.
Any of the information previously provided is subject to change at any time based on changes we receive from the apiaries.
We encourage you to check this page regularly in order to see the latest information we have on your pickups.
We'll also send you an email if anything major changes (e.g. changes to the pickup date, etc.)
How do the Real-Time Updates work?
Real-Time Updates is your go-to place for the most recent information on the status of your nucs. As we get new information from the apiaries, we'll update this section with the appropriate information.
You can also use the Real-Time Updates section to ask questions, voice your concerns, or just interact with us!
Where will the pickup locations be?
Nucs can be picked up at Bear Country Bees HQ.
All we need from you is to reach out to us to schedule a time to pick up your nuc.
Are there other resources available on this website where I can ask questions and get guidance on how to be a better beekeeper?
The first place to check out is Backyard Beekeeping Launchpad, our online course that is designed specifically to help new beekeepers learn how to successfully complete a season of beekeeping. This is the single best resource you can leverage throughout your season.
In addition, we have many resources
In addition to our resources, we have a state-of-the-art commenting system on all of our blog posts and a few select other pages (such as this one). We'll add more functionality overtime as we continue to provide you the best service in the industry.
With this system, you can share your beekeeping thoughts, concerns, or questions and our awesome support team will respond personally to you.
Please join our community and leave us your comments and questions whenever you see these sections!
Can I pick up other supplies too?
Many of our customers choose to pick up their supplies and bees in the same trip. It's a very efficient way to get everything you need in one go!
Where possible, we encourage you to have your pre-orders for these supplies in no later than March 15th so that we have time to get everything ready for you.
Here are some helpful links to beekeeping supplies you may find yourself in need of:
Will extra bees be available?
We will make every effort to have extra bees available.
However, because beess are in such high demand, there is no guarantee that we will have any left over by that day.
The only way to guarantee you get your bees is to pre-order them now.
How can I contact Bear Country Bees?
In order to provide you with the best service and quickest responses, we ask that you use please use the Real-Time Updates section at the bottom of this page before resorting to other contact methods.
What are the backup contact methods?
Why do I need to use the Real-Time Updates?
As you might imagine, our bee package season is extremely busy. With the sheer number of contacts and requests we receive, we simply won't be able to answer all of the phone calls and emails we receive as quickly as we can provide Real-Time Updates.
We encourage you to use this method where possible so that we can publicly answer questions you or others may have and to answer questions before they arise.
Note: We still feel that it's very important for us to be accessible to you.
The Real-Time Updates section is the best way for us to accomplish both things. This method allows us to provide timely updates, replies to your questions, and other comments while still allowing us to be efficient with our time.