Those figures do not include hive losses from the trip out in the fall and over wintering. It also does not include losses from inspectors from the orchard demanding you combine 2 or 3 together to get a minimum 6 to 8 to 10 frames of bees per hive in order for them to pay you for the service. And don't forget hive losses do to the trip back home. And, honey from almonds is bitter so no income from that at all, but what you do get is hive build up from the nectar and pollen.
Originally Posted by alpha6
I've been keeping a few hives for the past 20-25 years, and no longer treatment free as I got tired of the losses.