If you're thinking of leasing bees for your garden this Spring/Summer, we now place new hives between August and the end of November,
so bees have time to pollinate your fruit trees and take full advantage of the honey flow, which occurs (generally) from November to January. Honeybees have quite a specific period of seasonal production and this is also influenced by the queen's maturity. A newly mated young queen needs at least 2 months of egg-laying to begin development of enough bees to populate her new hive. The more bees, the more time, the more mature foraging workers she'll have, to bring in lots of honey!
Annual fee for 1 Standard Hive: $350 plus gst
The Urban Bee team will do regular hive checks, depending on time of year - approximately every 6 weeks, 3-4 weeks in the Spring / Summer Honey Flow Period.
Both Matthew and Catherine are Approved Beekeepers with AsureQuality Limited and have their DECA (Disease Elimination Conformity Agreement), certifying them to check any hives and recognise diseases.
Your Bee Hive Lease includes:
Hive health inspections, for Varroa mite, and disease e.g. American Foulbrood, a highly infectious and fatal bacterial disease.
Re-queening if the queen isn't productive or dies.
Additional boxes as hive progresses into summer production.
Honey removal for processing and distribution: up to 15kg, dependant on your hive's production.
Wintering down; health check, varroa control and managing the colony so it survives the winter months.
Feeding your hive during colder periods when there is less nectar.
Urban Bees register your hive and pay your NZ biosecurity AsureQuality hive levies.
Travel costs are included for zone 1, please ask Urban Bees about the zoning.
A small extra travel fee may be charged annually if in far-flung rural areas. Please discuss with Urban Bees.
Extra hive: $120 plus gst per extra hive
Extra Hive includes :
5 kilo of honey for the second and subsequent hive
Decorative lid: $100 plus gst