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Hive Components

Everything you need to build your hive from the ground up. We stock specially crafted floors, supers, lids and so much more!

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We supply a range of beehive or nucleus bee products for those starting out or those who want to expand their apiary. Take a look here.

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Designed in-house and supporting NZ manufacturers, we bring a range of beekeeping Suits, Jackets, Gloves, Veils and Hats that will keep you comfortable and safe.

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Components

Everything you need to build your hive from the ground up. We stock specially crafted floors, supers, lids and more!

Equipment

High quality Tools, Smokers, Brushes and much more to help you inspect and maintain your hives.

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Designed in-house and supporting NZ manufacturers, we bring a ange of beekeeping Suits, Jackets, Gloves, Veils and Hats.

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Look after your apiary with our range of Health Supplements, Treatments and Testing Tools.
 

What our customers say

These are great. Have tried other products and they don't compare. Makes life easy when it comes time to pull supers.

Shane Stanners

What our customers say

I received 2 x 5 frame Nucs, in the Nov delivery. Could not be happier, very healthy colonys with lots of bees. Frames full of brood, honey & pollen. Only 2 weeks ago installed into my hives and they are thriving. Special thanks to Thomas for the delivery and helpful advice to give them a good kick start.

Peter Goodwin

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I'm a new hobbyist beekeeper and bought 2 starter hives and all my equipment from Ceracell. The delivery was easily arranged and they delivered both hives directly to the property. I received some good advice and guidance on where to locate them, when they needed their next varroa treatment etc. Excellent friendly service overall. I would recommend them to any new beekeepers.

Camilla

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Everything you need to build your hive from the ground up.

Family owned and operated since 1982 with a focus on exceptional customer service and advice for all beekeepers. We are New Zealand’s most trusted beekeeping supplier We take pride in our work and aim to share our passion and knowledge with all beekeepers. We understand the pain points of commercial beekeepers as well as the tips hobbyists need to keep their bees thriving. We provide high quality, innovative products that cover every aspect of beekeeping from the hive, bee treatments, supplements, protective clothing and extraction. We have an extensive, dedicated team working together to be New Zealand’s leading beekeeping specialists. Ceracell is dedicated to bringing you great products that work and are affordable. This website will show you our range of products. If you have further questions, please let us know. We are happy to help.
 

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Help & FAQs
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Glad to see a keen new beekeeper! You are joining a growing community here in New Zealand. Our friendly sales team are well educated and most have years of experience in beekeeping. We are happy to help with your journey or solve problems you may be having with your bees. o If you haven’t got any bees yet, we can help you there. We offer complete beehive packages or nucleus hives and we can help you choose the best option for you. o If you have bees already but are a bit stuck on items you need personally, we have a range of tools, smokers, protective clothing, and components you’ll need to look after them all year round.  The basics of equipment and clothing that you will need to get started are:  A beehive, which usually consists of a base or floor, at least one brood box with frames on which the bees will build their comb, (later once your bee numbers grow, a second brood box with frames, and honey supers added as needed), a hive mat, sometimes called an inner cover or a crown board, and a lid or roof.  Tools to work the hive, the minimum being a smoker used to calm the bees and a hive tool, used to break the propolis (bee glue) that the bees use to fill cracks to keep out drafts and which we need to break open to get in the hive and work the frames.  Protective clothing, which is usually a full set of overalls, usually white, or a half jacket, then a veil, gloves and boots. Gum boots are fine.  A good book, such as ‘Practical Beekeeping in New Zealand’ to give guidance when you are unsure. So that’s what you need to get started--well of course you need bees too and we can point you in the right direction to source bees if you need that as well. If you already have some of this, great. We can supply the rest and provide advice.

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How to start keeping bees can be confusing. The number of hives to start with is entirely up to the individual. We recommend at least two hives because with two hives you can share resources between hives. If one hive becomes queenless and fails to replace their queen, a frame of eggs can be carried over from the other hive and the queenless hive can raise their own queen. If one hive becomes low in numbers, frames of brood from the strong colony can be moved over to strengthen the weak hive. Certainly, starting with one hive is acceptable, but there is an advantage to starting with more than one.

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Varroa mites (V. destructor) is an external parasite that attach and feed on honey bees. They carry diseases giving bees varroosis and can lead to hive death. It is very important that we regularly and appropriately treat against varroa. You will need to treat you hive at least twice a year (spring and at the end of summer), but you may need to incorporate additional treatments if your hive becomes infested and the varroa count is higher than manageable levels. Varroa will be in almost every beehive in New Zealand and can spread through bee drift meaning you will need be sure to maintain treatment cycles.

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Feeding your bees is a requirement especially in the colder months or as we head into spring. Sugar syrup can be made at home with 2 parts sugar and 1 part water. Or, Ceracell supply refill sugar syrup options. Top feeders provide an easy way for the bees to access sugar syrup and means you can top it up in the colder months without disturbing the hive. Division/Internal feeders can also be used to feed sugar syrup, but drowning is more a problem, and it also means some brood frames will need to be removed to insert the feeder.

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An easy option to remove your honey supers is to use a bee escape. Our Great Escape has 10 escapes routes with ventilation to quickly (within 24hrs on average) clear the honey supers you want to collect. Simply place the Great Escape underneath the super(s) you wish to collect honey from and then come back the following day to a bee-free super to take to your shed/garage or extraction facility.

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