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    I've meet hobby beekeepers and master beekeepers but no one yet like (Don) Fat Bee Man in Lula,Georgia.

    My buddy Little John purchased some Nucs from Don (Fat Bee Man) and I got the pleasure of tagging along to pick them up. We arrived and met Don and started checking Nucs he had set aside for Little John, the weather was cloudy cool and off and on drizzling rain, I thought sure this would be a bad day to be fooling with bees.

    Amazingly the bees were gentle even with the poor weather (more gentle than any I've ever seen) So gentle in fact that none of us ever put on a Bee hat or gloves. This wasn't a quick peak into a hive .......Don pulled frames moved bees with his fingers found the queens and even shook frames of bees into Little John's Nucs without any of the normal beekeeper's protective gear, no stinging bees no screaming and running for the truck, nothing but a smoker that he didn't use much.

    I was totally amazed and thinking that I had seen it all now by the time we finished placing the frames into Little Johns Nucs. I asked Don for 4 queens and he agreed to let me have them, we walked over to a small Nuc and Don found the queen in the bottom of the box after pulling all the frames. The queen was under a pile of worker bees when he reached in and dug her out bare handed and placed her into a queen cage without getting stung!
    A few seconds later he caught attendant bees by hand and placed them one at a time into the cage with the queen. I was in shock by them and trying to catch bees myself ...... lol
    Don repeated hand catching queens 3 more times and added attendants each time bare handed without getting stung.

    Up until yesterday you couldn't have given me a hive of Russian bees, all the stories I've heard didn't add up to what I saw at Don's. I see the wisdom in his genetic lines and the visit was proof enough for me to come home with 4 queens that speak Russian fluently

    Both Don and his apiary are a pleasure to visit.

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    All I can say is,...It pays to know what you're doing...And it sounds like he does..I've witnessed the same with other master bkpers. It's a pleasure to watch.

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    Iddee
    I agree buddy experience is impressive; experience and genetics is an amazing eye opener.

    I was holding frames bare handed and moving bees with my fingers by the time we were ready to leave. My gentle Italians would have had me for lunch.

    We opened a lot of different hives at FB's and I saw the same gentle nature in each one, the bees I saw make a real statement about his breeding lines.

    All I can say is I'm impressed.

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    I talked with Don on the phone awhile back. He’s one of the nicest folks out there, and always willing to help others.
    Gotta love the Donald!

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    I also wonder if it has anything to do with not using chemicals in his hives also. Maybe some of the chemicals make the bees edgy. [img]smile.gif[/img]

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    Thats great to hear about his Russians. I have 2 Russian queens reserved from him.
    Dick Marron has nothing but good things to say about Don.
    "To bee or not to bee"

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    thanks for all the good words only trying to do my best in bees and help other beekeepers. as a breeder of queens I think it is a must to help the new beekeepers comeing to this field. I have spent contless hrs helping the average beekeeper to be secussfull.any time I heard good feed backs means I have done my part to promote happy bees and beekeepers====thanks guys
    Don

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    I've emailed Don and got a quick reply.
    but my compliments to to his website. It makes me feel right at home with the photos. Nothing fancy or dressed up. Just a fat man with bees. [img]smile.gif[/img]

    Waya
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    And he isn't really that fat either Waya. Somewhat of a misnomer I'd say. Where he gets off calling himself "fatbeeman" I don't know! Now, I could call myself "skinnybeeman" and get away with it. I'm 5'11.5" tall and weigh 136 pounds soaking wet. I can hide behind a telephone pole. At the doctor's office, they don't xray me, the just stand me in front of a strong light.
    Dulcius ex asperis

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    lol ..........we could both be skinnybeemen

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    LOL, George...

    I can see it now. Family is out to eat. someone says, "hey, George, pass me that knife. .... NOW where did he get off to so fast?"

    My Papa and I both graduate high school weight 128. It took joining the army for me to get above 136. Oh, how I miss those days.
    Waya
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    I wrote about Don. If we are lucky we may see something in print about him. I spent a couple of days with him. He's a great host. We made foundation one day. He makes his own to be sure of having clean wax.

    Dick Marron

    [size="1"][ April 14, 2006, 07:49 AM: Message edited by: dickm ][/size]

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    Don is about one of the nicest people to meet. If you have an interest (as we all do) in bee's....he would help you with all the "dumb" questions that we might conjure up. It is beyond patience... just the love of the art.

    It is great to have a mentor like Don around the corner... and since I've came back from overseas, I hope to take advantage of an opportunity that few have.


    Regards,
    Greysmoke

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    Does Don "Fat Bee Man " Have a web site????

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    Larae,, Thank you, Mark

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    A striking difference this thread is to the ones that have been running since this time last year regarding a different company. I hope everyone can get their public relations issues worked out and get their companies going. I like to see people prosper in their endevers. It certainly seems that Fatman is prospering, if in no other way than simply making a lot of beekeepers happy.
    Waya
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    Wayacoyote,What is Don's website? The one in his profile got me no where. Thanks,Ken

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    Oops, Missed the one post with it in.Sorry!

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    Waya I think FB is prospering for that very reason...happy customers, and that's the best kind of advertising one can have.


    Happy Easter!


    LaRae

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