How to get bees

NZ Lifestyle Block - - The Good Life -

Hav­ing a bee­keeper place hives on your prop­erty can be a win/win sit­u­a­tion. You pro­vide the space and food source and they man­age the bees. Usu­ally the bee­keeper owns the hives, hires them out to com­mer­cial or­chards or farms for pol­li­na­tion, then places them on your site for honey pro­duc­tion. Some­times mes money, but more of­ten en honey, is paid to the landowner in rent.

Or you can own the hives and pay the bee­keeper to look af­ter them. The re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of the bee­keeper are clearly stated in Api­cul­ture New Zealand’s Bee­keeper Code of Con­duct and you should en­sure you have your agree­ment clear and in writ­ing with an Api­ary Land

Use Agree­ment.

But re­mem­ber bees know no bound­aries or fences. If there is al­ready an es­tab­lished api­ary within two kilo­me­tres, it may be that your area is al­ready at max­i­mum bee ca­pac­ity. As the landowner, you need to take some re­spon­si­bil­ity for stock­ing num­bers and to en­sure ad­e­quate feed sources and wa­ter are avail­able. Even if the bee­keeper prom­ises to sup­ple­men­tary feed the bees, over­stock­ing will starve out other ben­e­fi­cial in­sects and be detri­men­tal to all.

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