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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
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    Weeki Wachee, Florida,USA
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    Default Nuc production cost

    What is your cost to produce a 5 frame Nuc in a new wood box?

    My number are:

    Box. $23.50
    Paint, glue, nails. $ 3.00
    Frames. $10.00
    Queen. $18.00
    Feed etc. $10.00
    Screen,cap,staples. $ 4.00
    _______
    Sub total.......... $68.50

    What am I missing?
    How do I figure my other cost? Time,brood,miscellaneous?

    If you have ideas how to lower these cost that is great!
    I'm most interested in your thought process on evaluating true cost.

  2. #2
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    May 2012
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    Dexter,MO,USA
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    Default Re: Nuc production cost

    I build deeps for about $6 each.
    Intend to learn grafting next season, so queens should be cheap.
    Flip side to these are labor costs. but i guess you still have to assemble a bought nuc.
    Don't know how labor intensivie producing 20-50 queens would bee.

  3. #3
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    Fair Grove,MO,USA
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    Default Re: Nuc production cost

    I have $10.00 or less in a 5 frame nuc(not counting labor). Not counting the cost of the bees or queen, i do walk- a- way nuc's from my own hives.

  4. #4
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    May 2012
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    Maryville, tn, usa
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    Default Re: Nuc production cost

    If you are selling the nuc don't think you get to count the full cost of the box since you keep it for the next nuc... I have only sold a single nuc and I swapped my frames for his empty also didn't have to buy or build for the next split and his was all new equipment. I'd say producing a nuc is maybe 2-3 hours total time from a fall split to spring sale... I am no master woodworker and I got a deal on deeps so I cut them in half and made side boards it was cheaper than buying nucs and much less work than making them from scratch... hope to produce many next year will be putting equipment together over winter and work on queen rearing as well next year

  5. #5
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    Sep 2009
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    Millbury, MA, USA
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    Default Re: Nuc production cost

    Jester nuc $ 8.50
    virgin queen $ 6.00 [or cell $4.50]
    5 frames $10.00

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Nuc production cost

    I understand the prices of the items that are used to build the Nuc.
    My question is about the cost.

    Is the true cost of a build it yourself box $6.00, a jester Nuc $8.50 or a virgin queen $6.00?
    Gas? Shipping? 100% acceptance?

    Add $4.00 to my queen cost... I need to factor in acceptance and gas to go get them!
    I'm at $72.50.
    I know of course I have other options for the queen and the box. Until I think through all the cost the $10.00 for feed etc. stays. I'm not sure the feed part will be that high but it's the etc. that gets you every time!

  7. #7

    Default Re: Nuc production cost

    if you graft and throw together junk boxes to sale, the profit margin is close to selling dope. really. without the jail time

  8. #8
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    Clifford Township, PA
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    Default Re: Nuc production cost

    Building all my nuc boxes from scrap plywood, letting my bees draw out much of their foundation in empty frames and raising my own queens leaves me with the cost of frames, perhaps a few sheets of foundation and a few brads & a few squirts of glue. I don't think I feed full hives 10 bucks worth of sugar so the cost of feeding a nuc is less.

    Costs to create & prep a nuc for winter is maybe $10.00. Less if I cut my own frames.

    Wayne

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