Got ya!!! There is no such this as free bees where I live. Even swarms cost money. Let me explain.
People always want me to remove bees for FREE! Are they crazy? I got another call today.
Once I acquire some bees via a swarm, cut-out, or other, I must have a new hive to put them in. New as in I didn't own one more hive until now! Let's face it, to take these bees through colony size and growth, harvesting, etc. I must have a large hive and some kind of super, etc. for them. ..... How much is this investment for all this new wooden ware? Let's say you got a full size lang...2 deeps, 1 or 2 supers, foundations, and et.al.. Cost: $110 maybe
Secondly, I must, as a responsible beek, requeen to break any AHB gene influence she may be spitting out. If it is a swarm, then you need to replace the old gal anyway.
Cost: $40 includes queen and express shipping to here from up north
I'm out $150.00 for free bees!!!
Let me see, every time I get a call to remove bees, it costs me $150. How many people really think I can keep this up and for how long?
I got an idea. Let's all go done to the big box hardware store Saturday morning early. Spend $150 OF YOUR MONEY on latex paint. Drive 45 minutes to a house. Spend all day painting it until all the paint is on the house. Let's come back regularly and wash the paint job free of dust. How many people will do this on their weekends for FREE?
No, I charge for my time, gas, expertise, yada, and the above $150. My cut-outs aren't free, they start at $250 and go up to $750 for large difficult jobs(Ex. stucco walls). On swarms, I split the $150 with owner. I eat $75 and the owner forks over $75.
In summary: There is no such thing as free bees.