Re: 2019 NUC Prices
It has always seemed to me that hive and nuc prices do not pay an hourly fee anywhere near other trades. What is your plumber, electrician, mechanic and lawyer charging you?
The box and frame value is about $27. The queen must be raised or bought. Queen value $30. Three pounds of bee's value in a package about $90. So you are up to $147 already. There is huge time and expense in making the hives to be divided. Those hives were probably fed and treated. Then they have to be divided and the resulting nucs checked or being queenright. The box must be folded. Then there is the distribution time involved in selling the nucs. I can send my bee helper out landscaping for $75 an hour plus and make a hell of a lot more money on his time than having him spend time making and selling nucs. And as a semi retired landscaper that is how I support my bee business, sending him out doing landscape work.
There are $85 nucs for sale here on Craigslist. But likely upon on inspection I would declare then worthless.
All of my opinions and suggestions are based on my five decades of actual beekeeping,
not so much on book learning, watching YouTube videos nor reading internet sites.