Purchasing A Powell Hive
I often have a colony or two of native bees for sale. My hives are made from western red cedar and I typically sell them in a Powell Gen 2 hive. Western red cedar is a sustainably harvested timber which is naturally termite and rot resistant, is able to withstand harsh weather conditions, is very lightweight and easy to move around and is an excellent insulator for the bees. Watch the Powell hive video on You Tube to understand this more.
A brood box is $450 which includes an established hive with a healthy work force and queen and an option for a roof for an additional cost of $80. Series Supers (Powell designed thin supers) retail for $18 each. Due to the large amount of inquiry’s please decide if you do wish to go ahead before sending a request through the main contact. There are many suppliers of stingless bees so please take your time looking at what the different stingless hive builders offer and choose a style of hive you feel most appeals to you.
Please note I do not offer a warranty on my hives. I spend about a year or more establishing a colony of stingless bees, I help them grow, watch the queen hatch and get them going. The care transfers to you when you become a bee keeper just like if you purchased any other pet. It is your duty to love and care for your insects as these are special! Of course, I will offer as much information and support as needed to ensure your hive continues to thrive after purchase.
Tips For Caring For Your Hive
Hot and Cold
With a cedar hive, the bees are very well insulated so they will take much more heat than most hive, however, heat can still kill your bees. These hives will take a very hot day (between 18 – 35 degrees) if you have a roof on your hive. If you don’t have a roof, a terracotta roofing tile or even a thick plank of wood that shades your hive will do.
Stingless bees are classified as resin bees this means they need some heat for resins to be workable. For this reason complete shade all day isn’t a good idea. Try and get the morning sun hitting your hive and in the heat of the day have your hive semi-to fully shaded. If you’re unsure, set a chair out in the location and sit on it. If you’re comfy in the heat, it’s a good spot.
There are lots of pests that attack our little bees but it is my experience that pests very rarely attack a fully established hive and kill it. It normally is post propagation, post honey harvest or if you have heated your hive up. To prevent this, work very cleanly when propagating your bees. No honey or pollen left leaking from the joins of your hive. Keep out of the extreme heat waves. Don’t rob your hive of all its workers when propagation occurs, wait till it’s super strong and aim to make your 1 colony into 2 not 20. I normally recommend either choose honey harvest or propagation, not both. A prolonged wet hive can also pose problems with pests. Stingless bee pests click here
Feed your bees some sugar water when conditions are really really really dry. If you see gum trees dying or soil cracking, it’s time to help a little. By the same note, if flowers are out, don’t feed your bees! Bees have natural gut flora just like we do and you know what happens when we eat sugar all day. Feeding bees click here
To contact me about purchasing a hive, please fill in the contact information in the contact form and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. If I am unable to supply a hive to you, I will be able to point you in the direction of some other excellent stingless bee keepers.