How to Keep Australian Native Stingless Bees
by Isaac Mayer
What keeping Bush Bees involves
Australian native stingless bees are very low maintenance. However, there are a few things that you can do to make it as easy as possible for your bees to thrive.
Where to get a Bush Bee Hive
Ready to make the leap of faith (you won't regret it) and get bitten by the bee bug? Here are a few ways to get a native bee hive.
How to position a hive of Australian Native Bees
Now that you have your native beehive, you need to find a suitable location for it. Here are a few tips. Please note this information is intended for Sydney locations with a Bush Bees hive. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Once you have suitably placed your bees, you can release them by sliding the clear gauze caps off the black elbows. The bees will begin to forage.
Generally, you should not have to do much to look after your hive. Periodically check on the bees on a warm day to make sure there is activity at the entrance. You do not ever need to duplicate your hive or harvest honey. If you have any questions, contact your supplier.
It is easy to move your hive under 50cm, or over 1km. It can get more complicated if you want to move it distances between those two.
Moving hives under 50cm - If you need to move your hive a distance of 50cm or less, simply move the hive. The bees with adjust within a day.
Moving hives over 1km - If you need to move your hive a distance of 1km or more, again, simply move the hive. The bees will adjust quickly to their new location.
Moving hives distances between 50cm and 1km - This can get a bit more complicated. There are 2 methods of doing this:
- Method 1: Move the hive 50cm a day, until they reach their desired location.
Method 2: Move the hive over 1km away for 3 or more weeks. Then, move the hive back to it's desired location.