Re: Where Are The Beekeepers?
The bottom line for some of us is that we intend to turn a profit. I do try to leave the fall crop which is rather dark and strong, hence less in demand, but lately the drought has limited that to the extent there is not enough to go through winter with. At the price I pay for sugar from Walmart, it cost me about $3.00 per week to feed a colony of bees. I read somewhere that bees raising brood will consume about 100 pounds of honey to reach maximum bee population. I personally have no idea what the exact figure is, but I do know that here in the central part of East Texas, I want my bees to have 70-90 pounds to go through the winter and have plenty of stores to build up on beginning the end of January. Our elm pollen starts here mid to end of January, and with adequate stores of honey, or being fed sugar syrup, they will start to brood up.
Originally Posted by drewbs
I will average $7.50 per pound [clear after labels and containers] for my treatment free honey. Let's just say that by building my bees up on sugar syrup, that I save 50 pounds of honey [I would actually think that it is more than that]. That is $375.00 per colony. Let's see $3.00 per week in sugar syrup X 8 weeks about =$25.00. . That makes sense to me to feed sugar syrup and sell my honey and make an extra $350.00 per colony.
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