In the Brisbane area, we offer a service of dividing hives for a fee of $95, plus the price of a new empty hive for the division ($165) and any costs of other optional materials (see products page for details of mounting options and prices).
Hive buy backs and purchases
We offer a number of options for buying back hives. When a stingless bee colony has been in a box for a year or more, it becomes possible to split off a daughter colony from it. After a year or more of owning a hive, some of the people we sell hives to split their colony into two. Others are happy in simply maintaining their single hive and so don’t ever split it.
If you purchased a hive from us in the past and haven’t split it already (or if you did so over 12 months ago), you might be interested in our proposal of one of the two following options for you to sell bees back to us:
Stingless bee nest removals and rescues
If you have a stingless bee colony that you would like removed of rescued in the Brisbane region, please contact us. We offer these services for free, if we take the colony. If you would like to keep the bees we can offer you options for buying the empty hive box and the labour required for the colony transfer ($85/h including travel).
We conduct school visits, where we come to the school and talk to the students about native bees and divide also divide a hive (where the school already has a resident stingless bee hive). We do this for a fee of $85 per hour (travelling time from West End and time at school), plus the price of a new empty hive for the division ($165). We can also help you to set up the new hive in the school grounds. Alternatively we can come and do a talk and split for free, but for our services we will instead take one of the daughter hives produced during the split. So the school will continue to have the existing hive and receive our visit, which is both educational and entertaining, without the need to pass with any money. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a school visit.