$ for a frame of bees?

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  1. brooksbeefarm

    brooksbeefarm New Member

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    At the bee school meeting last Tues. my 85yr. old mentor ask me what a frame of brood with bees be worth $ wise.I didn't have a clue,he figured around 3500 sealed brood on one side of a full frame. So if the frame was 3/4 full of brood on each side and the nurse bees on the frame with them, he would be selling about 2 lbs. of bees. He said he thought there were around 3500 bees to a pound and that he wouldn't take less than $20.00 for a frame like that and thought that would be a bargain. :confused: What are your figures and thought's. Jack
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    I get 15.00 per frame, whether it is brood, honey, or pollen. I figure 5X15 plus 25 for the queen makes a hundred dollar nuc.
     

  3. Omie

    Omie New Member

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    Might also be worth more up North than down South, especially in the beginning or end of the season.

    I'd be willing to pay $15 if I felt a need for a frame of brood, but probably not $20 unless I had a very tough situation and no other hives to pull a frame from.
     
  4. brooksbeefarm

    brooksbeefarm New Member

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    This is for a long time club member, he only has three hives and said two of them are a little weak and he wants to give them a boost this coming spring. Knowing Howard (my 85 yr. old buddy) he's going to give to him anyway (free) if he can spare them, if not i will. He was wondering what they were worth. :confused: Jack

    Ps. this guy was a commercial beekeeper at one time (Bill Baldwin) anyone know him, a real nice man.
     
  5. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    I guess you could check around? Iddee $ number sound about right to me.

    The potential $ value of one frame of brood at the right time of year is likely much greater than the $20 figure in the performance of a lagging hive. The $ value of 2# of bees, in the form of a package, should be almost one and a half this figure.

    On the other hand some folks brood you might not want to buy, beg, borrow or steal.
     
  6. sqkcrk

    sqkcrk New Member

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    $15 or $20 seems about right.
     
  7. Bens-Bees

    Bens-Bees New Member

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    If you figure a healthy single-story 10-frame deep hive would sell for about $150, I'd say $15-20 bucks is about right for a frame.
     
  8. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    $15 to $20 sounds about right to me also, a good friend with a spare frame of brood for nothing sounds even better though. Why is it that most beeks are of a giving nature?