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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.


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 →


Learn to Grow and Prepare Your Own Laco-Fermented Food

Preparing  Beetroot Kvass

Beetroot Kvass


Do you suffer from lactose intolerance, gluten intolerance, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, yeast infections, allergies or asthma? All these conditions have been linked to a lack of good bacteria in the gut.

It can be argued that  antibiotics, pasteurisation, antibacterial soap and disinfectant are just making us sicker!

Your body needs  healthy probiotic bacteria to digest, absorb and utilise the nutrients in the food you eat. Lacto-fermented food is a way of introducing and maintaining a healthy population of these probiotic bacteria inside your body.

Would you like to learn how to grow your own nutrient dense and organic vegetables in your garden (whatever the size) to offer your family the best possible nutrition? No previous gardening experience is necessary as I will teach you everything you need to know to begin harvesting your own fresh vegetables. Continue Reading →


Top Bar Beekeeping

Attending one of my Top bar Hives

Attending one of my Top bar Hives

Top bar beekeeping is a perfect solution for anyone who wants to keep one or two hives in their backyard for pollination. It is a way of keeping   bees which I believe is more bee focused rather than beekeeper focused.

Even if you have never been around bees or kept bees before you will find this workshop informative and hopefully you will go away wanting to set up your own  Top Bar Beehive. During this workshop we will cover:- 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 →


Make A Traditional Adobe Pizza Oven

Traditional Adobe pizza Oven

Traditional Adobe pizza Oven

Would you like to cook wood fired pizza's, bake bread, cook puddings and much more ,in your own hand crafted wood  fired adobe pizza oven? This workshop is a hands on course showing you how, step by step, you can easily make a pizza oven out of easily found, inexpensive materials. The only bought materials you need are fire bricks.

These pizza ovens are made following the traditional adobe building principles and will give years of enjoyment to you, your family and lucky guests! Janet has been making these pizza ovens for 6 years and has her own one at home.

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