Home Garden Hives

Home Garden Hive

koppert hiveEnjoy the buzz of bumblebees in your own backyard.
The Zonda ‘Home Garden Hive’, is a hive that has been designed specifically for the home gardener or home orchardist.
Many people are finding a shortage of natural pollinators in their gardens, and find using bumblebees to be very efficient at aiding pollination of vegetables, fruit trees, flowers and grasses.
Some people just enjoy having such an interesting and exciting insect to watch in their own backyard.

The Hive

The hive comes complete with a colony of around 50 worker bees, including the Queen.
Our bumblebees are ‘Bombus terrestris’, meaning earth bee.
The hive is completely self-contained, requiring no maintenance. It does not require feeding or cleaning. It arrives with a bladder of sugar syrup in the base of the hive, from which the bumblebees can feed. This will be sufficient for the life of the hive.
When the hive arrives you simply place in a suitable site, open the slider door and leave them to it. The hive can also easily be closed and moved if need be.
The hive is 300mmx300mm square, so perfect to fit somewhere in the backyard. It has a waxed exterior cardboard outer, which is suitable for outdoor use, however we do recommend giving the hive shelter from rain.
You can expect the hive to last for around 6 weeks, although they can last much longer depending on food source and health of the brood. After this time the Queen will die and the hive will naturally start to die off. This is their natural life cycle.
Before the Queen dies she will lay several new Queens, these new Queens will leave the hive and look for somewhere close by to establish their own hive. So this is also a great way of helping to boost the numbers of bumblebees occurring naturally.
The hive will arrive with instructions on hive placement, opening and closing the hive and some FAQ’s.
Home Garden Hives are $70.00 plus gst and freight. Hives can be sent all over NZ by overnight courier.