Services

Sugarbag bees offers a range of stingless  bee-keeping services..

Dividing Hives

In the Brisbane area, we offer a service of dividing hives for a fee of $80, 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:

  • Option 1: Half colony buy back

    We will come and split your hive, and then buy from you the daughter colony which will be created. For this we will pay you $150. There will be no expenses for you, as we will provide the empty box required for the split. You will be left with one colony as you had before (the survival of which we will guarantee for 12 months) and $150, and we will take one colony away.

  • Option 2: Full colony buy back

    If you have decided stingless bee keeping is not for you, and you are actually not really interested in keeping your bees anymore, then we would like to buy your existing hive back from you for $450. This option requires that you have not split your hive in the last 12 months.

  • Option 3: Split hives for a fee

    We will come and split your hive for you so that you can turn one colony into two. You will keep both the original colony and the new daughter colony. This option will cost you $260, paid to Sugarbag Bees, and includes the new box required for the split. Like those above, this option requires that your colony has not been split in at least the last 12 months. If you have multiple hives we can split the additional ones for $200 each.

  • Option 4: Split hives in exchange for daughter colonies

    We will bring an empty box and will split your existing hive for you, leaving you with two hives. We will do this free of charge, but will come back again about 12 months later and split both hives again. From this second round of splits we will take away both new daughter colonies, and you will be left with the two mother colonies. With this option you will end up with two hives to keep, and we will take two hives away. There is no cost to you at any time.

  • Option 5: Supply box for DIY hive splitting

    If you would like to split your hive and you're confident that you can do it yourself, then we can sell you a new box so that you can do so for $165 (pickup only). 

    If one of these options appeals to you please contact us, and we can make arrangements to get started. We would welcome you to this partnership in which you become an urban bee farmer.

    Background on these proposals: With more people becoming aware of keeping stingless bees, the demand is increasing. We would like to maximise the number of people who can experience the joy of having their own hive, while also contributing to the pollination of our wild and cultivated plants. This partnership with you will help maximise the production of more hives. In the subject heading of your email, please write 'Native Bee Hive Collaboration'.

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).

School Visits

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.