I purchased an empty hive, how do i get bees in it?
So you purchased an empty hive (Either ours or someone else's) , now you need bees for it, below are some options
you can place your hive in your garden in an area that you regularly see foraging native bees. BUT the chances of bees actually taking up residence in your empty box hive are slim to none. you can do all sorts of things, wax the inside, use lemongrass oil etc etc, but the result still remains the same.
put simply its like dropping a pin out of a plane and expecting to find it on the ground.
this does not mean to say its not possible that a few passing drones (males) may take interest in your hive and move in, but it is however very very unlikely.
if you buy a box based on "if you build it they will come" your going to end up disappointed to be perfectly honest, native stingless bees are colonial, they just don't work that way.
you could try to attract native solitary bees into a native bee hotel instead. there are lots of places that specialise in bee hotels
If you have access to a full healthy native bee hive or log, you could propagate your hive with the eduction / duplication process, we have a step by step guide in our resources tab HERE
if you have a friend or someone you know that has a full ready to split native bee hive, this is your quickest method of getting a colony of native bees into your hive.
you could also ask on places like gumtree or facebook people are sometimes willing to split a hive for a small cost.
we dont split hives here at Ripley Valley Native Bee Hives but we will be happy to help you get bees into your hive, either by placing one of our rescues into your hive for you, or by the eduction method
please dont hesitate to contact us to discuss your options 0423 881 558