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For Sale -Expressions of Interest in a Four Frame Top Bar Hive Nuc in Nuc Box

Naturally drawn comb full of capped honey from a top bar hive

Naturally drawn comb full of capped honey from a top bar hive

Top Bar Hive Nuc's for Sale

I have commenced this seasons Queen Rearing and hope to have some four frame Top Bar Hive Nucs for sale from early November (2015) on-wards. If you would like to go onto a waiting list please contact me here . No money will exchange until I know that my new Nucs and new queens are healthy and laying.

What you will get:-

-a four frame Top Bar Hive Nuc in a cardboard nuc box. The top bar frames are the same dimensions as Phil Chandlers design.

  • all combs are clean and contain no toxic build up of miticide chemicals as I treat all my hives organically with oxalic acid and formic acid.
  • This  season queen  has been reared in my apiary from stock chosen to be calm and showing traits of being robust and healthy with only organic treatments.
  • The queen is unmarked but I can mark her on request.
  • The nuc will be recently treated with Oxalic acid prior to pickup.
  • Each Nuc will contain 2 full frames of brood and two frames of nectar and pollen on naturally drawn comb.
  • free cardboard Nuc box.
  • full written instructions on how to care for your new Nucleus colony.
  • calm, urban appropriate bees ( I work all my bees with only a veil all of the time)
A newly mated queen I have raised using my non grafting queen breeding kit.

A newly mated queen I have raised using my non grafting queen breeding kit.


If you are new to Top Bar Beekeeping I can give you advice and support. My only requirement is you are registered or intend to come registered once you have bees.

Prior to sale we can open the Nuc and we will check the Nuc for the Queen and robustness together,

 You must pickup from Havelock North, Hawkes Bay.  ( I may be able to offer a Rotorua pickup for customers travelling from Tauranga, Hamilton or Auckland.)

If you wold like to be put on a waiting list please email me ( Janet Luke)  at

I hold a  DECCA certificate.


The funds earned from the sale of these Nucs is going towards the cost of a trip I plan on doing next year. I hope to attend some Treatment Free conferences in the States and visit treatment free beekeepers.


Whats Wrong With Modern Intensive Beekeeping Practices

Bees on black plastic frames

Can you remember a time when bees weren’t in the news? Where have they gone? What’s happened and what has caused this alarming decline in the bee population worldwide?

The beekeeping industry is incredibly important to New Zealand. $5.1 billion of NZ’s economy is attributable to pollination by honeybees, domestic honey sales and export sales, cosmetics, beeswax and exported honeybees. Continue Reading →


Learn to Raise Your Own Queens

Breeding your own queens is lots of fun, a great skill to learn, helps you save money and helps to develop your own locally adapted bees.

For the first time here is finally a course developed for the backyard beekeeper!  The main focus of this course is using a  Top Bar Hive to raise queens. With this course you can learn to use a non grafting kit such as the Jenter Kit which has won a gold medal at Apimondia for its innovative design. Continue Reading →


Create a Smell Free Chook Yard

Productive hens are healthy hens

Productive hens are healthy hens

Have chooks and close neighbours and worried about smells?? Here is a way to create a smell free chook yard which is easy to adapt in any permanent chicken run.

Chooks don't smell but their dropping can. Chook pooh is very high in nitrogen. The remedy is to create an environment which is high in carbon to counteract this. If you keep your chooks in a yard you will quickly find that the chickens quickly scratch it into a dust bowl. By adapting your chook housing routines slightly  you can easily create a smell free run and add interest for the girls in providing lots of natural material to scratch in. Continue Reading →


Finding American Foulbrood In My Top Bar Hive


A spotty brood pattern is one of the signs of AFB infection.

A spotty brood pattern is one of the signs of AFB infection.


I had a very sad week the other month when I found American Foulbrood for the first time in one of my Top Bar Hives. Of course as fate would have it, it was in my balcony hive, just off our kitchen. This is sort of my ‘pet’ hive which I have had for over 5 years. Many an afternoon I have spent with them, sipping a wine in the setting sun, watching my bees come home laden with pollen and nectar. Continue Reading →


Keeping Rabbits for Meat

107Keeping meat rabbits as a sustainable way to grow your own chemical free, ethically raised meat is a real option for  many urban people .Today more and more people are returning to the older days when it was common for people to keep two or three rabbits in the back yard to supply the house with fresh meat.

In this workshop I will do a practical demonstration on how to kill, gut and skin a rabbit ( just to warn you). Topics we will discuss include: Continue Reading →


How To Build Your Own Stacking Worm Farm For less Than Twenty Dollars


Worms are a great urban livestock

Worms are a great urban livestock

Worm farming can be for everyone. A worm farm need not take up much space and it is a wonderful green way to get rid of all your food scraps, shredded paper and even the dust out of the vacuum cleaner bag. In return your worms will provide you with a constant supply of liquid fertiliser and vermicasts which any plant will love to have spread around as a home grown plant food. There is an array of commercial worm farms available in all manner of sizes and designs but it really makes sense to make your own as it is so easy and obviously very green as you can use recycled or spare containers you may have laying around. Follow these simple steps and you will be a farmer to 40 000 odd worms in no time! Continue Reading →