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montauk170
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« on: June 01, 2011, 01:28:48 PM »

How much do you or would you charge to maintain someone else's hive(s)?
Say per hour.

Thanks

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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2011, 02:37:16 PM »

I dont think that question can be answered easily.  At the least minimum wage which if I remember right when I was getting it it was about 1.75 per hour. just kidding!   I think it about 7.50 now.   Before I would quote anyone a price I would have to know what "maintaining" entails.   How often do they expect you to be there and how far is it to drive there.  I have one friend that I help for free but its on my schedule.  I go through his bee's about once a month or less when I'm in the area.  I treat them and if and when he looses one I replace it.  He pays for the treatments, new bee's and new queens.  I super and remove honey.   I would think a set price would make more sense than a dollar per hour.  Maybe 1/2 the harvest.   I did a mite treatments for another guys 200 colonies a couple of springs ago while he was out of state and he gave me 20 splits w/ new queens for my time 
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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2011, 02:44:11 PM »

Danno, why does your friend have bees if you're doing all of the work, (having all of the fun).

I think looking in the hives and working with the bees is the best part of beekeeping.

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« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2011, 02:52:29 PM »

I would charge 2.................2 much grin

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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2011, 02:58:43 PM »

Danno, why does your friend have bees if you're doing all of the work, (having all of the fun).

I think looking in the hives and working with the bees is the best part of beekeeping.

Larry
Because he is a old friend and has done his fair share of favors for me.  He owns a large environmental company and travels alot. He used to be my boss back in the day.  He has  a great stainless fab shop at the company that I get to use when needed.   I built my brewery there.   I "have all the fun" with my bee's
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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2011, 03:04:51 PM »

That's great! It works out for both of you. Larry
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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2011, 04:48:55 PM »

I get $65 for changing a light bulb.    grin
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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2011, 09:09:34 PM »

I get $65 for changing a light bulb.    grin

You must work for the government!  lau
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« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2011, 09:12:23 PM »

Nope, but if I did and under the Bacon Davis Act I would get twice that.
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« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2011, 02:16:33 PM »

More then you would paid   grin



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