Some buy 3 or 4 lbs Australian packages, I have been buying the New Zealand 2 lbs packages with queen. I think I heard the price had gone up on them, $170... Hmmm
I'll try this again, hopefully not construed as an add this time. DISCLAIMER ---I dont have the setup to do it at this time, just thinking Hmmm.
What kind of pricing are you folks on the Canadian prairies looking at for spring nucs ? Thinking specifically of quantity 50 to 100 on a timeframe of 'shortly after you haul bees out of the shed', including delivery, how much are those going to cost out there ?
Well, anything better than $170 for a two pound package with queen. Aussie packages are cheaper than that yet. If I could get 3 pound packages with queen for $120, I'd be interested.
Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
We would be interested in ackages from BC. Another thought is how early could one have queens ready as well.
Janne....first hives April 2013, 15 hives, treat, plant zone 8b, at sea level, latitude 49.13, longitude 123.06
Out of curiosity what's the demand level for nucs out on the prairies? Do you guys just prefer packages? How many brood frames do you guys like them? I'd also be interested what the price point would be for these overwintered nucs in bulk.
A Bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it rains.- Robert Frost
It's a hard one to gauge. One year you can't move nucs , the next you can't find them.
It's our unpredictable weather which favours package bee replacements
I was asking about nucs. Packages would be a whole different game, probably couldn't shake bees here till mid May. I've been told by a few oldtimers that it was a common practise to shake bees for swarm control and ship them out east, back in the pre-varroa days. But the specific question was nucs on the mid to late april timeline.Originally Posted by Ian;1052193I
Grozzie2, the market is there for nucs already. Get them out here, sell sell sell. Look into the live hive auction consignment sale every May. Might be a good place to offer out hives.
Given the overall geopolitical situation in Canada, you could make a good spring income by indoor wintering several hundred 5 frame nucs and selling them in early spring. Ian, you might consider this.
DarJones - 44 years, 10 colonies (max 40), sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 11 frame broodnest, small cell