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    Default high survival year = lower package and nuc demand

    Looks like there are more people selling bees this year then in the past. We have many beekeepers in our local association that have
    cancelled or not ordered any bees at all this year. Are we seeing a glut in bees this year or will the new hobbiest take up the slack?

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    Default Re: high survival year = lower package and nuc demand

    It is only February... I think for most of the country it is far to early to say that we had a higher survival... Northern States could get hit hard still over the next 4 weeks.
    Always question Conventional Wisdom.

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    Default Re: high survival year = lower package and nuc demand

    It isn't even March yet. So, even though I have a low dieback rate as of this last week, it is still winter and too early to count our chickens. Not until expamsion really starts. I do know some folks who are starting to graft though. I guess they have to get back in the groove. Warming up to production.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: high survival year = lower package and nuc demand

    Warming up ? We just finished right at 200 splits saturday, have drones and drone brood going strong, and are moving bees into citrus groves with open bloom (which is 2 to 3 weeks early) as we speak here in central Florida.
    David Miksa has had several thousand cells a week coming off for a few weeks already.

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    Default Re: high survival year = lower package and nuc demand

    we just had our local association meeting this past weekend. Had a few conversations with other selllers of packages and sales are down to about half of what they were this time last year. The survival this years is better then 80%. Lots of requests for queens this spring for splits so that should help me make up the lose on package sales.

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    Default Re: high survival year = lower package and nuc demand

    My Nuc orders have already surpassed last years, and i am still taking orders for a few more weeks.

    Aaron

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    Default Re: high survival year = lower package and nuc demand

    Everything in the journals has been pushing nucs instead of packages and have been for a number of years. My feeling is the demand is there but is shifting towards locally produced nucs. I know in this area a few people who have given up on packages because pf poor wintering ability. Or they buy a package and requeen in the sumer with a local queen. $80 for a package then $25 for a replacement queen gets to be expensive. Of course if you buy 10 packages and 50% live at $80 each the cost for each package reaching its first anniversary is $160 each. Might as well buy a nuc and have a better wintering rate. These are the discussions of many people in my area of CT. If I were a package producer or bulk purchaser I would switch my business plan towards nucs to meet that growing demand.

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    Default Re: high survival year = lower package and nuc demand

    My package and Nuc orders have far surpassed last years and the year before and still taking orders. I have March and April to get through as well.

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    Default Re: high survival year = lower package and nuc demand

    I am selling nucs this year so I can purchase more equipment and the people buying are seeing things like this. They are local to the area and with a nuc they already have a headstart on a pkg. By buying from me I will be more than glad to help them out with inspections and advice when needed. I should say the people I am selling to most of them to are local which is a benefit for them.

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    Default Re: high survival year = lower package and nuc demand

    In CT, overwintered Northern nucs are selling for $135 each. Some producers are already sold out.

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