● What types of bees do you keep?
We keep and sell European honeybees (Apis mellifera) as they are well adapted to our local climate and are known for their exceptional pollinating, laying and production abilities, and their peaceful temperament makes them a joy to work with. Our beautiful Italian queens are newly-mated and marked, ready to lead your hive to honey-making success.
● How do you ensure the health and well-being of your bees?
We regularly inspect our colonies for signs of disease or pest infestation, provide proper nutrition, and keep the hives in good condition to ensure the health and well-being of our bees.
● What are the benefits of having bees on our property?
Having bees on your property can help pollinate your plants, vegetables and fruit trees, increase crop yields, and provide a source of honey.
● How often do you check on the bees and perform maintenance?
We check on the bees at least once every 7-10 days during the active season, and perform regular maintenance such as hive inspections, honey harvesting, and pest control, to ensure optimal hive health.
● How much honey can we expect to harvest from our bees?
The amount of honey that can be harvested depends on factors such as the size of the colony and the availability of nectar sources. On average, a healthy colony can produce around 100-150kg of honey per year.
● How do you handle swarms or aggressive bees? We use established beekeeping techniques to safely and humanely handle swarms or aggressive bees. Aggressive hives can be re-queened to create a more placid hive.
● Can you provide education and training for our family and staff on beekeeping? Yes, we offer education and training on beekeeping for families and staff to help them understand the importance of bees and how to care for them. Read more about our Beekeeper Basics Training here.
● What equipment and supplies do we need to start and maintain a bee colony?
To start and maintain a bee colony, you will need basic equipment such as a hive, protective gear, and tools for hive maintenance, and of course, you’ll be needing bees. We offer a range of options from a nucleus hive to our Complete Beekeeping Hive Starter Kit that includes everything you need to get started, including private Beekeeper Basics Training. Check out the options available here.
● How can we support the local bee population and protect them from pesticides?
You can support the local bee population by planting a diverse range of flowers (especially natives), avoiding the use of pesticides, and supporting sustainable beekeeping practices. Providing a clean source of water, with rocks or similar will ensure local bees can safely drink without fear of drowning.