hello good sirs and misses,
in an effort to reduce overhead i am considering ways to get bees from one yard to another, safely. ideally, it would be nice if we could ratchet strap the costumers complete langstroth deep for transport but there are too many seams which can open from sliding and create a safety risk. i do not like the idea of having nuc boxes as it interferes with the minimum equipment (specialized equipment bad) i run in the apiary but i am not sure if there is a suitable alternative? i like the idea of not having to weather proof in the immediate future; i.e. painting so polymers tend to appeal more.
is there a better way to get customers bees without buying specialized equipment? i understand they will lose forager bees and do you account for this in the price? i am not worried about it as they will drift into another colony but i want to keep customer happy; maybe reduce price 25$ compared to those that sell nucs with boxes?
as of now the plan is to build 1/2" nuc boxes and run xps covers so that painting can be reserved for the customers.
i want to get a pallet of coroplast nuc boxes from china but not sure of the cost at this time, my aliababa quote was not returned. with shipping can we get down below 8$ per box? even so, this would be for next year.
any alternative ideas you want to steer me in?
thank you for your time and consideration!
peace and long life!