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    Default 2009 NUC prices

    I am over wintering several more NUC's that I will need.

    If they all make what is going to be the going price fro a 5 frame NUC?

    Paul
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    Why don't you wait for the spring to really see how many of your nucs make it and then make a decision on price.
    I wish you luck but in nature there is no such thing like 100%, at least constantly.

    I personally think that a strong, healthy overwintered nuc is the best configuration in any apiary in the spring. They build up fast and they have already been tested (not all of them will survive the winter), less prone to swarming, less varroa load than the big hives and they will produce honey.
    When considering a good healthy overwintered nuc, the price is really irrelavent.
    What you get is more important than what you pay.
    You are not really paying for what you are getting but for what you expect that what you are getting becomes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulka View Post
    I am over wintering several more NUC's that I will need.

    If they all make what is going to be the going price fro a 5 frame NUC?

    Paul
    Last edited by bleta12; 01-02-2009 at 11:44 AM.

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    Due to the recession and all, I'd say $10.00. (I'm not selling any, but I might be buying some)

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeilV View Post
    Due to the recession and all, I'd say $10.00. (I'm not selling any, but I might be buying some)
    I can send you a picture of a nuc for $10.00

    I think that when pricing overwintered nucs, one should consider the price of the packages and add whatever they think they nucs are better, which is a lot.

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    Most the folks I know have been quoting $85.00-90.00 w/no frame exchange for nucs, either put in your own equipment or in a cardboard nuc box. I am seeing prices on packages around $120.00, but then I have also seen prices for single story hives in the $100.00 - 120.00 range, so I personally think those package prices are too high. I think a lot of folks set their prices based on continued high fuel and feed costs, fuel costs have eased but feed is still up there pretty good. If it comes down, you could probably count on these prices to fall some as well. If however, as some speculate, we are starting a deflationary period, then they could tumble quite a lot by spring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NeilV View Post
    Due to the recession and all, I'd say $10.00. (I'm not selling any, but I might be buying some)
    Id sure like to know where to get nucs for $10?


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    I wish you all live closer to me tony

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    Quote Originally Posted by JordanM View Post
    Id sure like to know where to get nucs for $10?

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    "I am seeing prices on packages around $120.00"

    Only for Aussie packages. US packages are cheaper. I have yet to understand why anyone would pay that much for a package.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JordanM View Post
    Id sure like to know where to get nucs for $10?

    I can sell you empty ones for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulka View Post
    I am over wintering several more NUC's that I will need.

    If they all make what is going to be the going price fro a 5 frame NUC?

    Paul

    The original post is for overwintered nucs, not 5 frames of bees and a matted queen.
    There is a big difference that should be reflected on price.

    Gilman

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    [quote=bleta12;379490]The original post is for overwintered nucs, not 5 frames of bees and a matted queen.
    There is a big difference that should be reflected on price.

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    [QUOTE=bleta12;392332]
    Quote Originally Posted by bleta12 View Post
    The original post is for overwintered nucs, not 5 frames of bees and a matted queen.
    There is a big difference that should be reflected on price.
    Positively or negatively reflected. I'd rather have a nuc w/ an established young queen.

    I hear about people who suspect that queens that are available early in the spring are actually last years queens, which they don't care for. I'd be surprised if this really happens, but it might.

    I guess some folks could see an overwintered nuc as something more valuable than a spring produced one. You know it made it through the winter, I guess. So maybe it would again?
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    What is an established young queen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bleta12 View Post
    ....not 5 frames of bees and a matted queen..... What is an established young queen?
    You seem to be implying that nucs with spring queens do NOT have established queens. While there may be some who just throw the bees and queen together I think this is a rare thing. It is a much more common practice when building nucs to leave the new queen in the nuc for a long enough time so that she is laying well. We typically figure 3 weeks is about the minimum time, 4 weeks is common. The nuc producer can inspect the queen, and assess her quality, ie, see that she is well accepted, well established.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bleta12 View Post
    What is an established young queen?
    Like Sheri said, one that has been laying long enough to evaluate the quality of her brood production.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulka View Post
    If they all make what is going to be the going price fro a 5 frame NUC?Paul
    We are paying $120 for a five frame nuc. We can get $30 back if we return the box. I don't believe they are wintered nucs.

    Fred

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