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.
~8 week wait for hives
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. We sell two bee species, see details below. We sell two bee species. See details below.
Please note - we do not send our bees north of Mackay, 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 (dependent on wait list time, see above). For orders outside the Brisbane region we may need up to 6 weeks to prepare a stocked hive for postage. When mailing hives, we charge a postage and handling fee of $50 for QLD and $100 for NSW. Various payment options are available.
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
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. 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 degrees 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. This species is more suited to warm suburban areas of Queensland, particularly from Brisbane surrounds and northwards.