So yesterday my dh and I went to remove bees from a man's barn wall. Just a small hive that had moved into the wall in the early spring this year. We got 2 boxes of bees, and harvested over 3 gallons of honey. MMMMMMMM!
Next weekend we have 2 more cutouts to do. One on the outside of a house, in the wall under a bay window. The other is in the ceiling of a garage. These both have been established for more than 2 years! I expect to get about 8-10 more gallons of honey (we're leaving plenty for the bees). We found someone who wants us to put bees in his hive bodies, and then he'll requeen them and pay us $80 per box and he wants 5 filled. This started as a hobby early last year just because we thought it would be fun. We did not intend to do anything other than provide honey and wax for our own needs. Um, now we have invested in all the equipment we need, and are already turning a nice profit. We love that we can do this together. During the winter we'll start using our other products (mainly wax) to make things (batiking, candles, lip balms, etc.) and hopefully find a market for those things. We may actually even sell honey this year since we've already harvested more than we did last year, and we haven't even touched our own 4 hives for harvesting yet!