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 $85 per hour (includes travel to and from West End), plus the price of a new empty hive for the division ($175) 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 splitting and buying back hives if you have purchased your original colony from us. 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 and $150, and we will take one colony away. Hives must weigh at least 7.5kg.

    Please note: offer subject to scheduling and location of hive

  • 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.

    Please note: offer subject to scheduling and location of hive

  • 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. Empty boxes are $175, and we can bring these along with us. Like those above, this option requires that your colony has not been split in at least the last 12 months and exceeds 7.5kg in weight. We offer splitting services for $85 per hour (includes travel to and from West End). E.g. if you are located 20 minutes of West End and have one hive to split, the service will cost about $250 (includes empty box). We can split multiple hives in one service.

  • 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 for the hive box or labour, but any accessories must be purchased. Hives must weigh at least 7.5kg.

    Alternatively - if you have two Sugarbag Bees hives and both are ready to divide, we would accept one daughter split as payment on the day. This would take you from two to three hives at no cost to you.

    Please note: offer subject to scheduling and location of hive

  • 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 $175 (see our Products page).

    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 or 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 ($175) and the labour required for the colony transfer ($85/h including travel).

School Visits

We conduct school visits, which includes a presentation to the students about native bees. If you are purchasing a hive, we can also help you to set up the new hive in the school grounds. If the school already has a resident stingless bee hive we can divide it. We do this for a fee of $85 per hour (including travel time from West End), plus the price of a new empty hive for the division ($175). Please contact us if you would like to arrange a school visit.