Bee Colonies

Are you ready to host your own hives and enjoy the highs and lows of keeping bees? I can help!

I generally have bee colonies available for sale.

4-Frame nucleus colonies as shown below are usually created by taking frames (with around 4,000 – 8,000 bees) from established colonies and adding a queen bee. They will grow to fill an 8 or 10 frame brood box in a month or two in the summer and then a honey super can be added above a queen excluder.

I also sell established colonies (8 or 10 frames). This is a good option later in the season if you want a larger honey harvest.

Most of my queens come from a professional queen breeder: The Hannahbee, in Dubbo NSW. Their queens consistently create friendly and productive bee colonies.

Bee colony in a box

Below is what a typical frame will look like. These frames have honey, nectar, pollen, eggs, larva, and capped brood. Having brood of all ages is important to maintain balance in the colony population. This is a major advantage of buying a nucleus colony versus “package bees” without any frames/combs.

frame of bees

I usually mark the queen with white paint:

photo of queen bee

Typically, buyers will come to my apiary (Huntley Cove, Neutral Bay, Mosman) and we transfer the frames into your hive. This is best done at dusk, so you get most of the bees as they return for the night. The hive is then secured with screws/tape/straps so it is safe to transport in your car. If you prefer, you can take my nucleus box and return it later, or buy the colony with the hive hardware.

I am using standard Langstroth frames (“deep” size). These will directly replace 4 frames in the lower box of a Flow Hive.

Colonies are guaranteed to be disease-free (no AFB, EFB, or Chalkbrood). There will often be a couple Small Hive Beetles, which is typical in Sydney. The beetles will always need to be managed with traps. Even if the colony does not have any beetles when you receive it, they will find it very soon…

4-Frame nucleus “nuc” colonies: $320

8-frame established colonies: $580

10-frame established colonies: $620

Above prices are for the Queen, bees (up to 2,000/frame), and frames with brood/pollen/honey. The hive box/base/lid is NOT included in prices above.

A 4-frame nuc colony PLUS a 10-frame box/base/lid/roof plus 6 frames with foundation will be about $600. You will soon need to add a honey super to this…

In-person delivery can be arranged. This usually includes a short beekeeping lesson while I do the transfer with you. Figure $80/hour including my travel time from Neutral Bay.

Shipment of bees via AusPost within NSW/ACT can also be arranged if you have no other options. This is what the package will look like:

bees ready for postage

This is my standard nuc-box, with extra ventilation holes (screened with security mesh), and the lid screwed down. Extra cost is $50 for the modified nuc-box and $70 for postage and handling. With Express Post, bees are reliably received overnight and in great condition within NSW/ACT.

26 thoughts on “Bee Colonies

  1. Hi, I’m after a nuc for my new flow hive. Do you have any available for pick up tomorrow or Friday?
    I was thinking 4 frames?

    Thanks

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  2. Hi Henry, my name is Chris Wilson. and I live in Menai Sydney NSW and very interested in buying everything I need from scratch for a new hive.
    I would like to start off small and I believe that the best time is Spring? If so can I reserve a sale?
    Thanks.

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  3. Hey Henry I’m thinking about buying some bees for a flow hive. Just wondering if there is a chance of finding out when the nuc pack will arrive if bought soon

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    1. Hi Luke, I expect to have nucs available in late September, early October. If you send a $100 deposit now, you will be 4th in line (very short list at the moment). Without a deposit, I can still take your details and let you know when I have cleared the orders with deposits (perhaps Nov or Dec). Regards -Henry

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  4. Hi Henry
    I would like to order a nuc for a flow hive, from your coming spring orders.
    Happy to pay deposit .
    Thanks
    Kim

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  5. Hi Henry,

    I would like to order bees for a flow hive, any available for 4 frames?
    Also I bought a new bee hive, it’s possible to order a queen bee for it.
    My name is Heidi living in St Ives, I m the beginner.
    So I need delivery to my house with your help to settle down the bees please.
    I m happy to pay the deposit.

    Cheers

    Heidi

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  6. Hi Henry I wanted 8 frames for a flow hive, is the best way to collect these to bring my flow brood box to you? Would you be able to supply these in the next or two? Thanks Henry for your help.
    Tom

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    1. Hi Tom, it is easiest is to bring your box to me and we do transfer together. I can also deliver to you or post them. You would typically start with a 4 or 5-frame nucleus colony, and let the colony naturally expand to 8 frames over a couple months, but I can also supply 8 frames for a faster start. My current backlog will be met in September, new orders will be October/November.

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  7. Hello Henry, Please advise availability for a NUC. Postage will be required to Kyogle – Northern NSW.
    I appreciate your help in advance.

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    1. Hi Penny, AusPost Express delivery worked great last year, delivering overnight even top remote locations of NSW. I am concerned that they are struggling with deliveries due to COVID. But we can try… Bees will be ok for several days in transit. At this point, availability is mid/late October. Thanks -Henry

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  8. Hi Henry! Beginner bee keeper here looking for first nuc. I live in Balgowlah. Do you happen to have any nucs left this season?

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  9. Hello, I am on the central coast just 10 minutes off the free way at the Tuggerah exit and I have bought a flow hive and I was hoping to book you in for delivery of bees and a bee keeping lesson. I am really excited about starting this journey with bees and I am hoping you will be able to help me get things started. Look forward to hearing from you

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