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    Recieved this today:
    We now have available,
    6 frame nucleus which include:-
    4 frames of brood
    2 frames of stores
    1 laying queen
    supplied in a returnable travel box.
    ONLY 299 (+ 25 returnable deposit for travel box)


    11 frame complete hive which include
    6 frames of brood (approx)
    5 frames of stores (approx)
    1 laying queen
    1 cedar open mesh floor
    1 cedar national brood box
    1 cedar 4" flat roof.
    Ideal to if you want to dive straight into honey production.
    ONLY 499

    Apparently I am expensive with 6 frame colonies 80 10 Frames 120 & 140 for 20 Frame colonies... I should be exporting to the UK! German bees, like German engineered shampoo zoom zoom!
    what is the going rate locally?

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    WOW ! crazy prices

    5 frame nuc with new laying queen are about 100 - 120 in N.Ireland but some beekeepers will sell much cheaper at 60-80. works out at about 80 for the bees and 20 for the queen

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    when I started my Dad bought me my first 5 frame nuc of local dark black bees for 5 with an old WBC hive thrown in free. Times have changed

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    I got that email as well Calum. Not sure who Northern Bees are to be honest but they clearly have access to our email addresses! I think those prices are utterly ridiculous. I think about 150 is fair for an overwintered nuc of locally adapted bees in this day and age. Less for a summer split with current year's queen. I might also tailor my prices to the person I'm selling to. But 299 for a 6 frame nuc??!!! Nuts!!

    Edit: a quick Google found their website at http://northernbees.co.uk/. I see they list them as "available now" - makes you wonder about the provenance of the queens as I doubt they'll have current year mated queens in Nth Yorkshire yet!
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    There's your answer

    We supply British bred queen bees when available. Alternatively we offer imported queens, which we now use in our six comb nucleus.
    299 for something which will likely be an aggressive hybrid colony once it requeens itsef.
    Buyer beware, not that there will be many at that price.

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    Jon - I honestly think you'd be surprised how many would buy at that price. Getting bees can be a problem for people unless they know someone or have spent a year or two making themselves known on the local scene and if people are keen to get going they might just splash out on one of those nucs. I don't think they'll have problems selling them.

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    I think those prices are unrealistic this year … prices are well down. I've had many fewer enquiries for nucs. If I could sell them for that, I would. However, within our association we try and keep prices down and 100-110 is the figure now - 5 frames, overwintered, new(ish) frames, bulging at the seams. There seem to be less "nuc wanted" postings on other fora as well ...

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    Maybe it's a geographical thing fatshark - I don't know. Certainly nucs are just as thin on the ground up here as they've been the last few years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drumgerry View Post
    Maybe it's a geographical thing fatshark - I don't know. Certainly nucs are just as thin on the ground up here as they've been the last few years.
    I'm looking forwards to the Pembrokeshire BKA annual auction on Saturday and I reckon full colonies, just the bees on frames, will probably only reach a third of those prices, I could be wrong but its a buyers market with so few winter losses and the mad rush of beginners having eased off.

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    Yes, winter losses are well down this season and there is no shortage of bees at all. In a week or two you'll be getting swarm calls from the council etc . I reckon 5 frame nucs (one empty frame, 3 brood, 1 stores, +2014 queen) is worth about 80 min, such a unit would expand very quickly with a good queen what ever race you choose. I already have several experienced beeks and beginners on my books wanting nucs, just waiting on the queens to do their stuff and test them out.

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