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For a combination of reasons, I have decided that beekeeping just isn't for me. I want to do whatever I need to do to have the bees leave the hives so I can reclaim the equipment. How exactly can I do this?
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My question would be why do you want the equipment and not the bees? If it is to sell, you could probably get a better price selling the hives AND the bees. Another option is to find someone in your area that is a beekeeper that has extra equipment and just do a frame exchange with them. I am sure they would want the bees...I know I would.
 

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how many hives do you have and what are you wanting for them??

If you are not interested in beekeeping why are you just wanting to get rid of the bees and keep the wooden ware??:scratch:

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Thanks to all for the quick replies...

To clarify, I don't think the bees themselves are in great shape. I've spent close to $1,000 in the past year trying out my hand at beekeeping and realize now that after losing both my hives last year and seeing the same patterns emerging again this year that I'm ready to cut my loses. Financially, I would like to be able to sell the wooden ware and other equipment that I purchased to at least recoup some of my costs.
 

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Figure out what you want to get out of EVERYTHING and throw a price out there. I would start on here and there are other avenues for selling beekeeping supplies and hives. Does not make sense to let the bees go, someone else might want a "project" whether or not the bees make it past that point is not your problem, you were honest up front.
 

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The "old timers' firmly believe that the source of disease is unused equipment. Get them inspected, and if needed cured, and then sell bees and equipment. If they are not doing well. it may be because of disease. Removing the bees will only encourage other bees to rob them out, spreading any disease.

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For a combination of reasons, I have decided that beekeeping just isn't for me. I want to do whatever I need to do to have the bees leave the hives so I can reclaim the equipment. How exactly can I do this?
Do it the old fashioned way. Dig a pit, burn some sulfur in it. Place the hives in the pit first and that will kill the bees.

Or you could shake bees in front of one hive combining all of your colonies together. Then put all of the brood in as few boxes as you can and put them on the remaining colony. Sell that one and the equipment.

Or, do nothing and next spring you probably won't have any live colonies to deal w/.
 
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