Re: Reasonable price for annual management of colonies?
Nate has experience keeping bees. I don't think either Splatt or Acebird know the answer to Nate's question, no matter how many years experience Nate has or they would have answered what seemed to me a pretty straightforward question.
Nate, I would not manage someone elses colonies for anything less than 60% of the extracted honey. And the owner extracts or pays for the extracting.
Let's say in Morristown you managed 8 hives for someone and you got them to produce 60 lbs of honey each hive, which over the years is about what you could expect, so if you took 60% of 60lbs of honey you would end up w/ 288lbs of honey. Selling that in bulk in today's Market you could glean $532.80 to $576.00 for your trouble. Divide that by 8 hives and you get $66..60 to $72.00 per hive.
If you charged someone $75.00 per colony do you think you would have the insentive to do the same quality a job as if you managed them on a per lbs of honey basis?
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