I would like to have seen a video of them dividing the bulk bees.
I think it will work if they install the bees into bee tight equipment and not open them until the cells have hatched. Not ideal for the inexperienced.
In the past I have hired people who grew up in "the projects" in the same area. Walking off in the middle of the day without letting anyone know because they had "something better to do" was not an uncommon occurrence with this crowd. Needless to say doing so does not generally lead to the pay scale you speak of.
Kind of analogous in a way. I tried to explain there were about 100 reasons why the price of a cell is $5 and the price of a queen pushes over 20. Some people never do get the concept that whats "free" really isn't!
Bulk bees work great for splits IF you know what you are doing.If not, there is a big learning curve!
If one is unsure what to do, passing on a sale is perfectly fine and understandable. One never knows the backlash that may occur from any sale. I sold perfectly good nucs to someone I considered a competent beekeeper once and it didn't turn out well for me. So ya never know.
I sell hives, nucs and bulk bees sometimes. Warre hive, top bar,small cell, treatment free are big red flags to me.But hey , its their money to keep or spend as they please. I feel sorry for the bees sometimes.
John Pluta http://GeorgiaBees.blogspot.com Common Sense KISS Beekeeping Treated Boxes Bees Full Frames Foundation
For fun you should post that comment in the "treatment free" forum!! Hahahaha!
Yes Phil I was thinking about the mating. Tell you what though, I sure would like to hive on the fun. Imagine shaking 8 pounds of bees for 1 queen cell. That would be a the upper limit on the 50-100 pound bulk order. This could be interesting for a seasoned beekeeper. Probably even more interesting to watch from a distance if they are a newbie. lol. I would not let it happen. A great risk of failure from people who probably do not know what they are getting into.
If they cannot afford packages then they cannot afford beekeeping. It is not a cheap venture to get into. As the buyer it will be a huge disappointment when the $30/lb times 50 pounds, so $1500 plus cells and any other pluses. That works out to more than a package. Less bees, minus laying queen. Somebody is off on their math. That works out to more than $100 per tbh nearly doomed for failure from the start. Expensive lesson. Unfortunately because of inexperience they may not even comprehend what happened. Probably will not forget that sting though.
You probably would not give a kid a motorcycle capable of speeds of 200 mph for his first ride. Inexperience and risk weigh heavily against the new driver, even if he has the money to buy the motorcycle.
How are they going to anchor the bees to the hives w/o queens. A cell seems unlikely to hold them.
Can you imagine the heat coming off 100# of bulk bees?
Zone 5 @ 4700 ft. High Desert
If you decide to sell them the bees and cells and it doesn't work out....tell them to call RO.
Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. - Emerson
"He had read an article by RO in the ABJ and it was going to be as easy as 1,2,3... Or so he thought."
But Randy used mated queens, not cells in this instance.
3 or 4 lbs on drawn comb with feed and a brand new caged queen works real well .Cells, not so much
Cells are great, but require different methods.
I'm reminded of the character off of the show " once upon a time" Rumplestilskin always says " everything comes with a price deary"
Marks idea of using QMP would be a helpful move for someone bee-bent on self destruction. Nice suggestion... Hadn't thought about that even though we use 4 or 5 hundred pieces a year in the mating nucs.
I think a blind paraplegic would have better odds of taking out the moon with a 22 than this crazy idea has of succeeding. Some ideas should just be set aside. Way aside!!!!!!!!
Although I am not a fan of this proposal, a small addition MIGHT shift the odds enough to make it feasible:
100lbs of bees, 12 cells AND 12 frames of eggs.
With the right timing, a lucky person might be able to retrieve the frame that was eggs, now with cells, and split each hive the day the queen hatches(note previously mentioned timing issue). It would be crazy, but the frame of eggs greatly improves the odds of success.