Forum for aspiring beekeepers

I have started a yahoo newsgroup for the purpose of swapping swarm info in southern Missouri; but I think we can expand the idea nationwide to include “starts” and mentoring among beekeepers.

Starts: when you take comb from an existing hive that contains eggs, brood, honey and pollen and place them in their own hive. They will immediately realize that they are queen-less, and make a new queen from one of the eggs.
Packages: is usually 3 pounds of bees that come from various colonies and are shaken into a box. A queen is then put in a holding container and then inserted into the bee box. There is no comb, no brood, no eggs, no pollen, and no honey.

We all want to get our starts from a local natural cell source. However, all too often, newbie’s have to order a package of bees from a factory farm in one of the southern states. All too often the colony absconds because there is no brood to keep them in the hive, and more often the newbie will make a major boo boo and kill the bees.

So I thought, “What if there was a news group dedicated to the exchange of bee starts, swarms and mentors??”

What if someone posts that they are looking for a start and possibly a
mentor? They live close to me, so I correspond with them and we make a deal. Ether they pay me for 4 frames of brood/honey/pollen or they barter with me in my apiary doing odd jobs to pay for the start and they get mentoring.

The natural beekeepers can market their bees with this forum.

If you can only have one hive, and you need to make a split to prevent swarming, you can find a happy recipient to take the split.

The news group is simply an exchange of contact info, and the deals are all private.

So here is a link

James A Zitting

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One Response to “Forum for aspiring beekeepers”

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