Native Bee Hive Dividing / Splitting and buy back purchases
Ripley Valley Native Bee Hives offer a number of optional services for splitting and buying back hives whether you have purchased your original colony from us or someone else. When a stingless bee colony has been in a box for a year or more, it becomes possible to split a daughter colony from it by either splitting or eduction. After a year or more of owning a hive, some of the people we sell hives to split their colony into two. Others are happy to simply maintain their single hive and so don’t ever split it.
If you purchased a hive from us or someone else in the past and haven’t split it already (or if you did so over 12 months ago), you might be interested in our proposal of one of the following options for you to sell bees back to us or have us simply split your hive and keep you keep both.
Option 1 - Split your hive for a fee - $75 Deposit required on booking
Ripley Valley Native Bee Hives will come and split your hive for you so that you can turn one colony into two. You keep both the original colony and the new daughter colony. Empty boxes for splitting are from $130 (color dependent - CLEAR COATED OR WHITE ONLY), and we can bring these along with us. This option requires that your colony has not been split in at least the last 12 months and exceeds 7.5kg in weight. We offer splitting services for $75 per hour (includes travel to and from Ripley). E.G If you are located in the Ipswich region (about 20 minutes from Ripley total coast will be around $200 - this includes all labour and materials. We can split multiple hives in one service. just let us know when you book us in
Please note: your hive needs to match our hive dimensions (200mm W x 280mm L )
Option 2 - Split your hive and buy the daughter colony - This is a FREE service
We will come and split your hive / Hives, and then buy from you the daughter colonys which will be created. For this we will pay you $150 per daughter colony. There will be no expenses for you, as we will provide the empty box required for the split. You will be left with one colony as you had before and $150, and we will take one colony away. Hives must weight 7.5kg.