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How much is a beehive worth?

Last Updated: 21st June, 2020

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Bees alone, $140.00 for three pounds. What is it worth over its lifetime? An average lifetime here is about ten years per hive and average production is about 100 pounds of honey per year or a thousand pounds of honey. Honey here is sold at about $6.00 a pound so return on investment can be good.

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Also, how much is a bee hive worth?

Each colony of bees requires its own living structure, called a hive. That investment is about $200/hive. That price varies by hive type, quantity discounts, shipping expenses, and options.

Similarly, is it safe to have a beehive in your backyard? It's perfectly safe to have dogs and beehives in the same yard with just two exceptions. The first is if your dog is allergic. If your dog is allergic to bees, you should not keep a backyard hive. Period.

In respect to this, how much can you make off one beehive?

Each hive of bees can produce anywhere from 20 to 60 pounds of honey on average per year (depending on a variety of factors such as geographic location, weather, temperature, pests, local flora, and more). Some hives can produce much greater amounts under ideal management conditions.

How much does it cost to start raising bees?

The initial cost of beekeeping can be intimidating to new beekeepers. You will need to invest in supplies such as a hive, proper protective clothing, a smoker, and hive tool. As of this writing, a single new hive may cost about $150, clothing and gear may cost about $160, and a package of new bees may run $125 to $150.

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Bee venom allergies can cause serious medical complications that include swelling of the throat, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty concentrating, passing out and even death. If you are the allergic party, then get somebody else to remove the hive for you.