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  1. #1
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    Default How much do I need to sell my queens for?

    How much can I sell gueens that have been mated with unknown drones? A friend and I are going to raise queens and more than likely we will not kno what will mate with them in ther flight. I live in NC if that helps.

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    Default Re: How much do I need to sell my queens for?

    It all depends on what they are, what they can do, and the market based on how many are available, and what the going price is. Currently, prices range from $15 to $40 with most being around 20-25.

    Set a price. If they don't sell, lower it. If you sell out rapidly, raise it. Have fun with it.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

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    Default Re: How much do I need to sell my queens for?

    Pick your price. Now that said you should have 1 drone hive per 10 queens mated. Graft from your graft hives not your drone stock. Each graft hives should not be related to any other hive in the yard. Your drones hives should have at least 2 drone frames. The drones are the main genetic in your queens. Start slow, have fun, and make some money.

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    Default Re: How much do I need to sell my queens for?

    What's your queen's pedigree? Is she survivor stock, or just whatever was received in somebody's bought package last year? Does she make brood, honey, propolis, pollen, or what? Is she gentle? How's her brood pattern? Any hygienic qualities, and if so, how'd you test for them? Etc...

    As you can see, there are a LOT of different answers to these basic questions! Likewise, there is a WIDE range of prices between queens! Queens of unknown origin, untested, and possibly poorly mated? Even at FREE, those queens might be too expensive if the results are crashed hives, yeah?

    Know your craft. Price your queens appropriately. Guarantee your product. Be honest. And you'll have a business you can be proud of!

    DS

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    Default Re: How much do I need to sell my queens for?

    Like everyone says take it slow and easy, don't get stars in your eyes for a quick buck because there is a short supply this year. If you sell P-Poor queens in a hurry to make a buck more than likely this will be your last year selling....Beeks minds are like elephants they never forget were they bought that last "bad" queen from....good luck
    Honeydew

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    Default Re: How much do I need to sell my queens for?

    Im just trying to make my own queens so I can make more hives. Just wanted to know how much they could sell for. Not jumping into nothing only have 3 hives right now and have a nuc box that i made queenless to see if they will make anything and they do have a a queencell started. Im getting 5 packages at the end of this week and I was wanting to make shure I had some extra queens so if the queen in the package wasnt laying good or laying all drones I could requeen the hive.

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    Default Re: How much do I need to sell my queens for?

    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyDS View Post
    What's your queen's pedigree? Is she survivor stock, or just whatever was received in somebody's bought package last year? Does she make brood, honey, propolis, pollen, or what? Is she gentle? How's her brood pattern? Any hygienic qualities, and if so, how'd you test for them? Etc...
    The hive of bees that Im trying to make queens off of has made it for 5 years without feeding sugar water or treating them with anything, they are a little agressive, they have plenty of polen and brood and not to many drones. How do you test for HYGENIC quality? never done but will research it.

    Oh this hive came from my grandpas hives probly, cought a swarm in his bee yard when I was in highschool so I just figured it was from one of his hives.
    Last edited by Barry; 04-09-2011 at 01:05 PM. Reason: quoting

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    Default Re: How much do I need to sell my queens for?

    If I was in you're area, I wouldn't have a problem paying you $25 to try queens from that mother.
    Dan

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