I'm thinkng of selling my bees their a few methods im exploring
1-shaking the bees in to some ones elses boxes is there a demand for this?
2- selling them all in the boxes and on the pallets and leting the buyer come and get them?
3- killing the bees and selling the honey?
if some one out there has some suggestion i would like to here from you.
I know of a few outfits that make up nucs for the next season in early june. They kill off the old hives and extract the honey from the brood chambers. This honey pays for the extra labour of making the increase.
Another advantage is having new queens going into winter. The new units have less varroa because of the break in the brood cycle. Varroa populations can be further reduced if some miticide is applied when the virgins are mating.
The 2 outfits that I know of kill the old hives off. It seems like a shame. I'm sure there is a market for these bees. I personally like selling everything FOB. If the deal goes sour you are not out of pocket on the freight effort and so on. If the buyer comes to your door he is serious, and in my experience the deal is easily settled on the previously agreed terms.
There are some big outfits in Montana and the Dakotas that sell all thier bees off in the fall. We have gotten some in the past. How many do you have and what do you want for them? Are they disease free?
The bees are healthy and all have 2006 queens
I only have 60 hives. because of this small amount of hive it would not be profitably to send them to almonds I have put a lot of work in to them panted most of the boxes new foundation there strong I think most of them would be a pollinators I think selling the bees and I keeping the hardware would be the best for me but what price do I sell the bee by them self for?
I could sell the hive bees and on 4 way pallets for $210.00 or around that range