2016 Season Bees for Sale

Pre-order Spring Nucleus Colonies
Available for delivery from October 2016 onwards

We supply 5 frame nucs* with an established laying queen and a healthy bee population.  The colonies are bred from specially selected docile stock and are checked for good brood pattern and absence of disease.

Initial early season deliveries use queens supplied by a renowned interstate queen breeder of Caucasian queens and raised by us in Melbourne.

Subsequent colonies will be locally bred from Italian (Ligurian) queens.  We graft using Kangaroo Island stock queens and support mating with local drones to ensure our bees are locally adapted.

The brand new corflute boxes are non-returnable and can be re-purposed for swarm catching or storage of spare equipment.  

Price $225(incl GST)  A deposit of $50 is required with balance due before pick up.

* A nuc (nucleus) is a small self-contained 5-frame hive.  Nucs are especially suited to starting a colony since, due to the restricted size, the smaller number of bees are able to manage hive temperature and defend the space.  Once the hive builds up, the bees and combs are simply transferred into a full size home.  Nucs are a good way to start beekeeping, since small colonies are less defensive and so less intimidating for a new beekeeper. An instruction sheet for transfer and initial care of the colony is supplied with each nuc.

More questions? How to order 

Email us:  bees@rooftophoney.com.au 

To Order: 

  • October pick up SOLD OUT
  • November pick up SOLD OUT
  • December Pick up SOLD OUT
    Italian queens grafted, mated in Melbourne & colonies raised by us
    Known for being productive, gentle, less prone to robbing & display excellent hygienic traits.

Pick up of all nucs will be from Heidelberg West