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Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Zookeep, Feb 18, 2015.
what the hecks going on with the prices of nucs? why are they going so high so fast?
WOW! Hadn't priced any, but I just got an email from a supplier in Texas...the price is about 3X what it was a couple of years ago: I think $350. Maybe I'll forget the honey and start selling the bees. :wink:
More $$$ in nucs than honey right now. That is if you have enough hives survive the winter to split. I'm pretty worried right now.
With newbeeks coming on every year into a more challenging environment and steeper learning curve-- and even good, experienced beeks experiencing 30% or better losses-- early spring nucs are hard to find. Many systems (e.g., FatBeeMan) advocate just marketing bees in nucs and consider honey an undependable distraction. It took a while for me to wrap my head around it.
my 1st round of 14 nucs will be ready soon, already have queens on mate flights but I think I am going to be keeping them all now and building up my number of hives