The Fat Bee Man!
This page is in thanks to Don Kuchenmeister, aka; The Fat Bee Man. I have learned so much from this man! Big thanks Don! All the following pics are of Don's Bees and Apairies, surrounding his house in Lula, Ga.
See the Queen cell coming off the bottom of the frame! Awesome Queen cell!
This is how you'd cut out a Queen cell and place it with a few frames of Bees who don't have a Queen.
Don is pointing to one of his Queens. A rather dark Queen too. Click on pic to enlarge. Get a good look at the size comparison between a Queen and her Workers. Nice Queen!
This is ONLY one side of Don't Bee yard around his house! Hundreds! Mmm? I've learned to not be so "up tight" about how many colonies I collect. Notice how high the bee stands are set up. This is to save "back pains"!!
No viel. No gloves. Unless the girls get really, REALLY cranky! Just a really cool pic, of a really cool Bee-Pro!! His honey hut in back ground.
Tip - See the Queen cell in the middle of this pic? It's open! See how clean and round the end is? As if it had been sliced off. The Queen eats her way out of the cell, making a clean, neat cut, all the way around. Then leaves the cell. She's hatched!!
Here's a good look at a Bee-Pro's bee yard. Again, look at how high his hives set up! Great ideas come from lookin' at someone elses bee yard.
Baby! Oh Baby! Look at these awesome Queen cells! Can you count how many are on this frame, facing you? Look close. THIS, is what we're lookin' for in Spring time! Start cuttin' and puttin' these with frames of Bees.
Even way back into the Pines!! I don't think Don has enough Bees! Might wanna pile on some more! ha! I'd think that some of these boxes are empties. As it's wiser to leave them out anyway, verses bringing in all the empties, only to take back out later. Bees will find a new home, as they see fit. They come! They go! Always looking for new digs!
Much thanks to The Fat Bee Man, for all your hard work and teaching!