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Rueban and Ketura and kids.
About our bees, our honey and our methods...
Commonly Asked Questions
Where do you get your honey from?
We personally have beehives at the bottom of our garden. We also have quite a few wonderful people in a half hour radius who are hosts for our bees. Through years of careful breeding, our bees live quite happily in among our 5 kids, dogs and fruit trees. These spoiled little bees are regularly checked and given the best/newest boxes and frames we can buy and make. We have introduced new, specially bred, queen bees that breed calm and excellent workers. The bees have rewarded us by providing an astounding amount of honey. And their pollination activity means our flowers and fruit trees are also benefiting!
Rueban is a Registered Biosecurity Entity (RBE) (beekeeper or apiarist) with the Queensland Department of Primary Industries. Our HIN (Hive Identification Number or brand) is 'E318'.
Check our Facebook page for regular photo updates on our hives! There are also some short videos of Rueban working with the bees, extracting the honey and more...
We only sell our honey via this website, ebay, telephone, email and/or facebook orders. Having 5 children, selling at markets is not easy for us. Selling via the net and direct from our doorstep is the logical answer and adds an extra dimension to our family beekeeping.
We strive for 'Best Bee Practice' in that our honey is 'ethically collected' - what does that mean?
It means we do not exploit our bees. Our queen bee's wings are not clipped, so they are free to fly away at any time if they do not like the way we look after them. With quality bee boxes kept in better repair than our own house, this hardly ever happens.
We only ever take honey from the bee's excess; happy, healthy bees love to work and will get frustrated and fly away if the hive is too full of honey.
Our bees have permanent sites. They are not trucked hundreds of miles to chase different flower blooms. They are truly free range and free to live out their lives in peace; making honey if they want to, with no stress or pressure. And we think honey tastes sweeter from un-stressed bees...
How do you get the honey out of the honeycomb? We spin the honey out of the honeycomb by hand, in a small 6 frame stainless steel extractor, without any heat or chemical methods. This natural, cold-process method ensures that this honey tastes exactly as it does the day the bees sealed it in their hive. All that we have removed are the bees and the wax. It is classified as “live” or “raw” honey – with high healing properties. We filter it to remove most of the wax and the odd broken bee wing. Then after settling, it is bottled. Because we bottle our honey in such small quantities, we can label our honey with the day it was collected.
Why are you not "Certified Organic"? Our honey is organic - produced using methods that do not contain genetically modified organisms or unnecessary chemicals, are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents or chemical food additives.
However, the government does not hand out certificates just because you meet all the organic requirements. In fact, the Australian government does not set any organic standards at all - rather, it allows various private organisations to set standards and charge fees to issue "Certified Organic" certificates. The basic price for such a certificate is $1,000 - with a percentage of all future sales to be paid to the organisation. To put it simply, we cannot afford it just yet.
Some companies will issue a "Certified Organic" seal of approval, while still allowing the use of chemicals/antibiotics as long as 'it is necessary for the life of the hive.'
How long will honey last?
Real honey will never go "off". It will last indefinitely. Crystallized, or candied, honey has been found in Egyptian tombs, still perfectly edible after thousands of years. Crystallized honey can be returned to smooth honey - if desired - by standing the jar of honey in a basin of warm water, or by placing on a sunny window ledge for a few hours. Some people prefer the taste of crystallized honey. Due to it's high medicinal properties, our honey tends to start crystalising within months. This is what real honey does.
It can take 1 to 2 years for honey to develop it's full medicinal strength.
(The honey that you can buy in the supermarket has been treated (heated to 60 to 100 degrees celsius) so that it will flow smoothly out of the bottle. It will look exactly the same forever - however, it is dead.)
We are always happy to answer any questions. We are proud to offer you our completely natural honey. The real proof is in the taste. Welcome to the wonderful world of real honey!
And on behalf of the bees, thank you for growing flowers in your garden.
ITEMS AVAILABLE FOR POSTING can be found on our eBay store. Our seller id is kitsune_tora. Or you can copy and paste the following link in your browser: http://stores.ebay.com.au/Keturas-Honey-and-Honeycomb?_trksid=p2047675.l2563 Purchasing through eBay is the simplest way for me to receive your order, address and payment .
Free bee swarm removal from 4074 area and surrounds. (Areas more than half an hour from 4074 attract a call out fee.)
Humanely rehoming honey bee swarms where possible.
Free swarm removal.* A swarm is a cluster of bees, usually found on a branch outside. Little to no beeswax honeycomb has been built. This service is free when we can take the bees away with us.
*This does not include when bees have established a colony inside the walls of a house. These established colonies take considerable time and effort to be removed. There is beeswax honeycomb that needs to be cut out and brood fitted into frames. Plasterboard needs to be removed.
Removing Established Bee Colonies in trees or houses: This service is offered at $50 per hour plus a $50 call-out fee. We have a specialised bee vacuum box that collects most of the bees. Bees are rehomed in hives.
Helping Flow Hive owners with catching their swarms, giving beekeeping advice and lessons on your own property is offered at $25 per hour. We are happy to help you - but we can no longer afford to do this for free.
Please forgive the limitations of our very simple website; we are beekeepers - not businessmen!