- May 2, 2019
- Reaction score
- UK - Hampshire
- Hive Type
- Number of Hives
Thanks, I had a feeling there would not be an exact answer.The problem is the answer to your question is "It depends". If you wait for the spring sales then it will depend on how many attend the sale, how many hives are for sale and what they are (full hives, nucs or just bees on frames), what the quantity (number of active frames) and their temperament. There's also location to think about, here in rural Wales the prices will be lower than in or near bigger cities as there's more cash, and dare I say it more people looking for the 'hobby beekeeper' lifestyle.
A typical sale that I've attended (going back 10 years or so) would produce results in the £100-200 range for bees on frames up to approx. £350 for a full hive with all the wood work but there are so many factors involved it's hard to say.
Next year of course covid will affect the metrics, there will probably be more buyers, but also a glut of equipment and bees so prices may be lower.
Other sales may be to a beginner at your local association with a couple of seasons mentoring thrown in.
And what are theses "spring sales" you speak of, is it something BKA's normally organize?