The auction for bees and beekeeping equipment was held on 31st March at the club’s apiary site in Mickleham. Once again the weather held fine and we had a good turn out. Paynes Beekeeping also had a stand selling new stuff and seemed to do a reasonable trade during the day.
With around 130 lots there was certainly a lot to get through. Highlights were the bees as usual with the 2 full size colonies fetching £180 and £200 which I thought was quite reasonable when compared to bee breeders asking for £130-£150 for a nuc.
Other items sold included:
- 2 x national supers – £16
- Observation hive, nicely made – £62
- Complete National hive including brood box and 2 supers – £65
- New National brood box, assembled – £24
- Manual extractors – 3 sold for £50 – £75
Once again I struggled to auction off the Dadant equipment and ended up only getting £10 for about 5 old hives.
Not many unsold lots and these tended to be for equipment in very poor condition. I have to say that on the whole I think the buyers got items quite cheaply.