Live Bee Check
There are just a few things we need to know before we can sell you a Hive Stocked With Live Bees. This is to ensure the safety of the bees and success of the hive.
Current wait time: sorry, but we're not sure! Approx 3 months. We have received an influx of orders and still have a backlog of pre-winter NSW customers to get through. It is only just starting to get warm enough for beekeeping again but this is influenced by the weather and the individual colonies progress. Place your order to join the wait list and we would be in touch by email closer to when a hive is ready for you.
Please also know we are very wary sending live hives into greater Sydney at the moment with the lock down – we have been advised of major delays due to the huge influx of parcels. We are keeping a close eye on this and will not send a hive until we are confident it will reach you swiftly and safely as they can die in transit if it is prolonged or they are not handled properly. We very much appreciate your understanding and promise they are worth the wait!
Gift certificates available after purchase, please email us.
Want to keep your own stingless bees? You can start by finding your own nest and transferring it to a box. Or you can take an easy path and buy your first hive.
We sell Honey OATH hives stocked with a strong nucleus of bees for $550 each. Our stocked hives include a protective metal roof. Our hives have a clear brood excluder that is taped over, confining the bees to the bottom two boxes to allow for wonderful temporary viewing opportunities. A closure is included with your stocked hive to keep the bees in. We sell two bee species. See details below.
Please note - we do not send our bees to Mackay and northwards, as we wish to avoid genetic pollution between two distinct populations of hockingsi bees.
For placing an order to purchase a stocked hive please read. For local pickup, we usually have hives available (unless there is a wait list time listed, see above). When mailing hives, we charge a postage and handling fee of $50 for QLD and $100 for NSW. If you are needing your hive couriered, there may be a slightly longer wait period. Various payment options are available. If we do have a wait list please proceed with ordering as usual and we will contact you closer to when the hive is ready to arrange a date to collect/send.
In preparing for the arrival of your recently purchased hive, or while considering whether to buy a hive, there are a few important factors to consider. These include:
- Where can I keep stingless bees?
- Where should I position my hive?
- How do I mount my hive?
- Unpacking and releasing your hive of bees after pickup or delivery
We guarantee the survival of hives for one year as long as they are treated properly. If your hive dies, we will replace it, free of charge, upon return of the dead hive. Note that we cannot guarantee a hive that experiences temperatures of greater than 42 deg C, less than 0 deg C, receives direct sun after 10 am in summer, is kept outside their natural geographical range, is opened, is split, or has honey extracted.
See the product page for an in-depth description of our honey OATH hives, https://shop.sugarbag.net/products/honey-oath-design
We only sell pine honey OATH hives stocked with bees.
Our stocked honey OATH hive boxes have a clear brood excluder which will be taped over when you receive it, confining the bees to the bottom two breeding boxes. You can lift the honey super off like a lid to view your bees. This allows for wonderful observation opportunities. When the hive is looking full, remove the tape and leave the honey super on permanently. Please note that visibility will vary as the bees deposit resin on surfaces inside the hive.
We sell two Australian native social stingless bee species - Tetragonula carbonaria and Tetragonula hockingsi. These species have different natural ranges dependent on temperature and we send our hives to areas with warm climates between Nowra, NSW and Mackay, QLD.
Tetragonula carbonaria naturally occurs in coastal areas between Nowra NSW and Bundaberg Qld. This is the most cold tolerant species and can survive in many parts of NSW, including all coastal areas from Nowra north. However as you move inland from the coast and the moderating influence of the ocean, the climate becomes less favourable. This is especially true where you gain altitude. So Canberra and Katoomba are definitely not suitable. Areas where you can grow bananas perennially and they bear fruit, may also be suitable to keep carbonaria. If you get heavy frosts, it may not be suitable. If just an occasional frost, then it could be OK. Remember, they are really a subtropical species. In cooler areas hives need to be carefully sited and managed. Harvesting honey from hives in these areas may not be possible. These bees will not fly below 18°C and they need their stored food to survive through winter. It also may never be possible to propagate your hive in these areas. Certainly people do divide hives and extract honey in Sydney, but usually close to the coast where the extremes of low and high temperature are moderated. If purchasing a hive for location is such areas, we would not be able to offer our usual guarantee if they succumbed to cold in the winter.
We also have hives of Tetragonula hockingsi available for sale. Excellent pollinators, and slightly better producers of honey (with a less acidic taste!) This species is well suited to warm suburban areas of Queensland, particularly from Brisbane surrounds and northwards.
If you are unsure that Tetragonula species is suitable for your area, please email us first.
We do not sell bees separate to the hive box.