Here's the set-up. I got a call from a landowner near me, he's got a nice farm with apples, squash, pumpkins, and a U-pick raspberry field. There were 7 hives placed on this property by a keep last year that never came and picked them up. The landowner has called the keep who has apparently lost all interest in keeping, and a follow up call to the keeps father confirmed that the hives have been abandoned. The owner called me to come take a look which I agreed to do. I brought along an extra suit and explained to the landowner every thing I was seeing. 4 are alive 3, are dead. All hives consist of double deeps with hive top feeders. There was one honey super laying on the ground. Upon opening the hives I found Apivar strips in all of them from last year. :ranting: He and his wife are somewhat interested in beekeeping and think at some future time one or the other may take a course. He asked me if I was interested in taking the honey. I explained that there was little if any honey in the brood chambers at this point, and that everything in there was contaminated anyway. I believe his biggest interest is in the pollination the hives provide. I told him that the only interest I really had was in the bees themselves. I think he may be thinking I would swap caring for the bees for any honey harvest, but at this point I have not yet developed a market substantial enough. Besides, if I want to increase my honey crop, I can do it easily enough with expansion of my own hives. Caring for someone else's hives can be expensive if there are problems. I also told him I will never be interested in purchasing honey from anyone and selling it under my name, not gonna happen. I told him to discuss things over with his wife and that we may find some sort of beneficial arrangement to satisfy us all. I was leaning towards me assuming ownership of the 4 living hives, allowing them to clean, scrape, paint, the deadouts, and then accompany me when I work the 4 hives and learn as they go. I would then split and fill "their" 3 hives. I would agree to keep hives there at all times for pollination until they either became proficient at it themselves, or for a set number of years. He seems like a really nice guy, and they have a great property for another bee yard that I could use. What say you? Any ideas? Am I being to greedy, or too easy?