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  1. #1
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    Default What would you pay for a swarm?

    I will be getting a swarm from someone and want to pay him for it. What is a fair price?

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    Default Re: What would you pay for a swarm?

    Are you doing him a favor or is he doing you a favor? most of us will remove a swarm for free if its close and low to the ground. With the price of fuel its going to cost you just to go get it if its still there when you arrive. Jim
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    Default Re: What would you pay for a swarm?

    He is doing me a favor. I needed some bees and this is a swarm from one of his hives.

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    Default Re: What would you pay for a swarm?

    As BSweet says, most of us will collect a swarm for free but do not pay for them. However, it sounds as if your friend has captured a swarm and is willing to sell it to you in order to get you started. In that case you are basicly getting about the same as a package except that the queen will most likely be an older queen from his colony. I would discount the value by the price of a new queen. So I would suggest not more than $50.
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    Default Re: What would you pay for a swarm?

    What's it worth to ya?
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    Default Re: What would you pay for a swarm?

    I think $50 is a fair price, but instead of discounting the old queen (which they will probably replace for free later this summer) I would highlight the fact that swarms are much, much more motivated than a package and that old queen is already accepted.

    Now my question becomes: is this just a swarm cluster of loose bees or has he installed the swarm into a hive/nuc box with frames? That would change the price for me.

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    Default Re: What would you pay for a swarm?

    Ok I understand now. 1. is the swarm already in a NUC or hive on frames or 2. are you getting the swarm shook into YOUR NUC or hive

    $50.00 for shook bees and up to $100.00 if NUCed or hived. Jim
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    Default Re: What would you pay for a swarm?

    Dang GRANT you type faster than me Jim
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    Default Re: What would you pay for a swarm?

    He said it is a huge swarm, and it's in a 10 frame deep, which I'm not that happy about because I use all 8 frame mediums. He also said to keep them in the deep for at least 5 days so they won't swarm again. I have a bunch of nectar filled frames leftover from a combine I just did, and they have been sitting in my garage for the last two days. I don't want them to ferment and wanted to just be able to immediately dump the bees in, and unfortunately I can't stack them on top because of the size difference....I may put a piece of plywood with a medium sized opening on top of the deep and then put the mediums on top, then after the bees get settled, remove and shake the deep frames into the mediums. Any other suggestions?

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    Default Re: What would you pay for a swarm?

    In the deep are they on foundation or drawn comb? If on foundation they may all move up to the drawn comb in the med.
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    Default Re: What would you pay for a swarm?

    This person has multiple hives, so my guess is that it's all drawn comb. That will be great if it's just foundation!

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    Default Re: What would you pay for a swarm?

    <$50.00 for shook bees and up to $100.00 if NUCed or hived.>

    I would agree with the above.

    But understand by paying this fair price, you will
    be establishing good relations with the beekeeper
    providing the swarm. The beekeeper would be
    more willing to mentor you to be sure you succeed
    with his swarm. This knowledge would be worth
    far more than the price of this swarm.

    Best Wishes
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    sweet disposition as a man? -William Carr, 1880
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    Default Re: What would you pay for a swarm?

    your plan sounds good to me honeycomb
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    Default Re: What would you pay for a swarm?

    Honeycomb,

    A lot of the swarms right now are 6-10lbs. Thats a going hive and you might get some honey out of it.
    Pay the man a reasonable price ! A package with a new queen is 70-80$ and only 3 lbs of bees. So, what it fair. If you need bees I'd think $100.

    Fuzzy

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