How do you know how much a honeybee hive is worth?

Asked February 14, 2013, 1:14 PM EST

How do you know how much a honeybee hive is worth?

Grainger County Tennessee

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Well, it depends on lots of variables. Since any beehive can have lots of different equipment types on it, You could go to your favoriate bee supplier and look at the cost of the same new equipment painted and assembled, then subtract the depreciation or age of the hive equipment you are looking at.

Then add in the cost of the bees and combs. A good 5 frame nuc with a queen sells for $120-$140. The bees in the box could actually be worth less or much more than that depending on their condition. A five frame nuc has 1 queen, about 2-3 frames with brood, some honey and all combs covered with bees. You could inspect the colony, subtract the cost of the queen and then multiply that price by how many nucs you could make with the brood and bees you see.