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    Default YouTube video Making Packages

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    Default Re: YouTube video Making Packages

    The one guy was mentioning in the video he would take one pound of bees per hive, taking two hives to make up a two pound package. I see ads for package bees down south for $90 per package with queen. How many times in the season would the beekeeper take from the hive to make up packages? Do you guys just make up spring time packages down there, or can you build late season packages up in time for Almond pollination?
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    Default Re: YouTube video Making Packages

    a package bee producer emailed me and told me he is selling 3 lbs packages for $65. They shake the hives once before sending the hives out for honey production. He said they have been in the business for 35 years.
    So in the video they mentioned one pound would be taken from each colony, it would then take 3 colonies to make a package. $20 or so gross income per hive.
    those are slim numbers.

    If I could buy 3 pound packages for $65, I would not be as motivated in trying to keep my hives going winter long. Sometimes I woulder if I put in $65 just to winter them. Bet its close!
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    Default Re: YouTube video Making Packages

    Ian. I watched those videos and I did not hear them say anything about getting 1 pound per hive. I think they get more. Keep in mind 2 pounds of bees covers 2.5 to 3 frames on both sides with good coverage. In other words they are only getting 1.25 tom1.5 frames of bees per hive. Seems lean. I think they need more like 4 pounds per hive to make any coin and keep swarming down.

    Jean-Marc

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    Default Re: YouTube video Making Packages

    ya a package bee operator email me and said they will get 3 pounds of bees per hive on average.
    Im pretty sure I heard that on these vids, or maybe it was on one I didnt link to.
    3 lbs sounds a little bit more feasible. But this package operator mentioned they are actually thinking with the price of honey @ $2 making packages is starting to loose its appeal. If thats the case, I assume the price of packages will have to reflect that sooner or later
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    Cool Re: YouTube video Making Packages

    Ian, The third video is not a package producer. We just shake or thin the hives so they are at the right level by production. This is all done after we have split all that we need or have boxes for. Sell all the extras off at $70 a package and that is in late May to the guys that are still waiting for bees. That was before honey prices when sky high. Now everything goes into production, can't afford to sell any bees now.
    Last edited by The Honey Householder; 11-06-2012 at 07:11 PM.

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