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Hire a hive

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Our ‘hire a hive’ programme was born out of the realisation that those just starting out on their beekeeping journey often felt daunted by the idea of having their own hive of bees.

Here at Buckley’s Bees, we will host your own colony at our apiary for the main beekeeping season (usually April to August) and you will tend to your bees on a weekly basis but have the support and guidance of our expert beekeepers throughout on a one-to-one basis.

We will guide you on everything from hive management – swam control, propagation, supering, disease identification, etc – to honey extraction in your last session, some of which you can then take home.

An essential part of bee management involves the inspecting of the hive on a weekly basis, so you will be able to visit your colony once a week at a time convenient to you. Don’t worry though – if you cannot attend, we will take care of your bees!

Having your first hive with Buckley’s Bees means there are no ties at the end of the season. However, you are, of course, welcome to purchase your colony should you wish to continue beekeeping – which we are pretty sure you will!

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Pricing for hire a hive is based on our time and expert tuition, breeding the bees and loan of equipment.

What you’ll get: 

  • Your first choice of hive (subject to availability options between British Standard National Hive, WBC Hive or Poly Hive)
  • A bee colony
  • A mated queen bee
  • One-to-one personal support and tuition to learn about your bees and how the colony is working. We aim to cover most topics, and even if your bees haven’t decided to swarm for example, we would show you how to deal with his challenge in a different colony
  • Disease treatments (if needed)
  • Bee feed (if needed)
  • Extra equipment, such as supers, frames, foundation etc
  • Honey extraction
  • Loan of bee suit and gloves
  • 10 jars of your colony’s honey to take home – the best present! (please note this is weather dependent… bees can produce no honey on years with particularly bad weather)

What you will need:

 •  Wellies

 •  Long trousers and sleeves under your bee suit

 •  Waterproofs (in case it rains)