So how do beekeepers turn a profit...?
We're brand new at this, and we just installed our two colonies in their hives.
We didn't get into this to make money, but just crunching the numbers, I don't see how anyone makes money at beekeeping. At this point, I figure we're into these bees for nearly $600, and we still haven't bought the shallow supers yet.
Assuming I could rent out each hive once during the season for $40 a rental (that's $80), and assuming each hive produced 100 pounds of surplus honey that I could retail for $3 per pound, it hardly seems worth it.
Am I overlooking something here? Anyone have any insight into this?