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Faq’s Bee

Quick Start Instructions

QUICK START

 

When you receive your bees place the hive in complete shade. To release the bees slide of the clear gauze caps of the black elbow/s. The bees will be returning with forage within 2 hours.

As winter approaches move the hive one meter only to receive morning sun. Pop the styrofoam box on top of the hive. The styrofoam will provide extra insulation from the cold and the morning sun will allow the bees to forage a little longer.

Once winter is over it is important to move the hive back to the original position so the hive does not overheat. Remove and store the styrofoam box.

Do not open or split your hive till after 12 months as this will void your warranty.

Do not remove yellow strapping on box.

Your warranty does not cover heat waves- Temperatures over 40 degrees

 

EXTREME HEAT CONDITIONS

 

During a heat wave or if the temperature is going to reach 39 degrees or above, you can take these precautions.

  • Drape a wet towel over your hive, place one end of the towel in the bucket of water.  The water will draw up through the towel.
  • Periodically lightly spray the outside of your hive with a hose.
  •  Lock your hive up the night before and move your hive into an air conditioned room if you have one.  To save the colony of bees from the heat the hive, can be moved, during the day. Some foraging bees will be lost but you will save the hive.

 

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Native Bee Hive Placement

Hives need to be protected from wind and overheating from the sun, so keep the hive in complete shade. Native bees will only come out to forage once the temperature has reached 18 degrees. In winter early morning sun will enable the bees to forage for longer, on colder winter days the bees may not come out at all.  All Sydney stingless bee hives come with a styrofoam box for extra insulation over the winter period.

Moving A Native Bee Hive

Always shift the hive at night so all your bees are locked up safe for the move, moving the hive during the day will result in lost bees that have been out foraging during the day. You can also lock the bees up at night and shift the hive the next day remembering to release them again!

When shifting bee hives the general rule is shift them less than a meter or more than a kilometre. The reason being that if the hive has only been shifted a small distance they will continue to return to the old position.

Swarming Bees

Bees will occasionally swarm in front of the hive, this is normal behaviour. It can sometimes be territorial or a mating behaviour. You might also see the bees fighting where you find bees locked together in a gladiatorial struggle till death. This will not result in the death of your hive and seems to have no lasting effect on your hive.

Replacing A Dead Hive

Sydney stingless bees will replace your hive if it dies in the first 12 months of ownership provided that the hive has been placed in complete shade and the hive has not been tampered with. Death of your hive through a heat wave (temperatures over 40 degrees celsius) is not covered by warranty. Please contact me ASAP so we can arrange a replacement hive.

Delivery Of Your Native Bee Hive

Your hive will be couriered to your address by Fastway couriers, please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.  You do not need to be at home to recieve the hive.  Instructions are left on the box to leave at front door or other designated spot.

Best Climate For Stingless Bees

The Tetragonula Carbonaria species of stingless bees only suits the climates from Batemans Bay, NSW to Cairns, QLD .

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