Mentoring on Friday 13th

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by brooksbeefarm, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. brooksbeefarm

    brooksbeefarm New Member

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    Took a young couple of new beekeepers(man and wife) with me to some of my outyards up north, to see how i take honey off. They were excited and interested in everything we run into while going into the hives.We checked 3 hives that i had combined(they had been queenless) with nucs two weeks ago,one was still queenless?No sign of a queen or new brood or eggs? and all the brood that was in the nuc had hatched out.In another yard i had put a frame of eggs and a frame of brood in a queenless hive, hoping they would raise a new queen, only to find wax moths had taken over??( they got to see their dirty work) We took off 8 med. supers of honey,and they wanted to know why i didn't take honey off the rest of them, i told them i don't take off more than i can extract in two days(With the truck garden,cattle, and Farmers market) because of the wax moth and SHb. I know now how tec. and iddee must feel, they wouldn't let me lift or carry the honey supers to the truck,like maybe i'm to old to do that.:roll: They said they learned more today than they learned in our 4 day bee club class, and of course they wouldn't let me unload the truck.:lol: Jack

    PS. If you get a chance to mentor new beekeepers,jump on it. It's alot of fun and you get to know more about your new club members.
     
  2. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    You are a smart man Jack (no matter what anyone else might say :lol:) Paying it forward is a great way to make new friends. I also notice that time seems to fly by when someone else comes out to the yard with me. Guess it's all the talking and carrying on while doing the work. :mrgreen:
    Thumbs up to those that mentor. :thumbsup:
     

  3. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    :goodpost:

    "If you get a chance to mentor new beekeepers,jump on it. It's alot of fun"
    nice post and story jack.
     
  4. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    Heck Jack you need to bring them back to the honey house and let them help you extract also. :lol:
     
  5. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    I have done the same here to a fellow in our bee club who lives near by. the fellow reads a lot but says the real life experience certainly drives the stuff he reads home. I may do this a bit more as the season of taking off honey and extracting continues (at a snell pace up to now). I typically take off just enough so that they can help extract and be pretty much done by noon.