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    Default Laughlands Jamaica Queen Rearing

    I was invited to Laughlands, St. Ann, Jamaica to teach current beekeeping practices and queen rearing. Laughland is centered on the North coast. http://www.fallingrain.com/world/JM/09/Laughlands.html
    William Masterton met me at the Montego Bay airport for the drive to the farm. Wednesday, the next day, was the first day of training. William and Tom Hall were eager and ready to learn.
    Most of Williams hives are a few feet from the farmhouse.
    http://americasbeekeeper.org/FarmhouseApiary3.JPG
    They have hives near the shore.
    http://americasbeekeeper.org/SeasideHives.JPG
    http://americasbeekeeper.org/CheckingSeasideHives3.JPG
    These two hives were feral colonies the beginning of October.
    http://americasbeekeeper.org/CheckingSeasideHives7.JPG
    It rained Wednesday but we had work to do. The bees were not happy after being opened twice in the rain and twice the next two days. By Friday most of the hives were quite defensive. William and Tom set up a starter hive. We pulled two frames of brood for grafting larvae.
    Tom practiced grafting a cell bar.
    http://americasbeekeeper.org/TomGrafting.JPG
    William grafting under the watchful eye of Tom.
    http://americasbeekeeper.org/WilliamGrafting.JPG
    Patrick joined the training Thursday. We are getting Patrick a frame to practice grafting.
    http://americasbeekeeper.org/GraftingFramesPatrick2.JPG
    Tony and Rose Marie Allen joined the training Friday.
    http://americasbeekeeper.org/TonyRoseMarie2.JPG
    I pulled a frame of brood for Tony and Rose Marie.
    http://americasbeekeeper.org/FrameforTonyRoseMarie.JPG
    We added the Allen's frame to the cell frame under Patrick's and put them back in the finisher hive.
    http://americasbeekeeper.org/TRMbaronBottom.JPG
    We did queen rearing in the morning and FABIS in the evening. There is plenty of further opportunity to return and continue teaching.
    Last edited by AmericasBeekeeper; 12-19-2011 at 07:16 AM. Reason: edit flag
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    Default Re: Laughlands Jamaica Queen Rearing

    Is that an ultrabreeze suit on the right in the last photo?

    Interesting Am., thanks.
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    Default Re: Laughlands Jamaica Queen Rearing

    William and Tom use UltraBreeze suits. Cotton suits or jackets are too hot. Some of their hives are hot too so they need a full suit. Tom and William went to heavy rubber gloves since the bees were attacking and getting a few through leather gloves. I was not using gloves on Wednesday or Thursday. By Friday I had my leather gloves on. I had several pictures that bees were on the camera lens.
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    Default Re: Laughlands Jamaica Queen Rearing

    Why don't you reduce the size of the photos so they load faster?

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    Default Re: Laughlands Jamaica Queen Rearing

    Good Photos thanks for sharing!

    I see SHB traps do they have huge issues with them?
    Do they have issues with entrance feeding?

    Did you learn anything new?

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    Default Re: Laughlands Jamaica Queen Rearing

    I don't have a lot of knowledge relating to Jamaica's climate, but given that the climate is tropical do honeybees produce year around?

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    Default Re: Laughlands Jamaica Queen Rearing

    Small hive beetles are a huge problem in Jamaica. The hive is overrun and absconds whenever a third super is added.
    Entrance feeding is a problem everywhere. I suggested they move to feeder covers.
    I learned what generations of "walk away splits" do to foster increased instinctual swarming and piss poor queens.
    The growing season is nearly year round. It is always year round in urban environments where it does not snow. The peak flow is in March.
    odfrank, I will compose a proper page when I get time.
    If you PM I will tell you what challenges they face with the Jamaican Apiary staff. I was always told "if you do not have anything nice to say don't say anything at all" So I did not share the real obstacles they face.
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    Default Re: Laughlands Jamaica Queen Rearing

    Quote Originally Posted by AmericasBeekeeper View Post
    I learned what generations of "walk away splits" do to foster increased instinctual swarming and piss poor queens.


    I've been saying it for a while. I'm glad someone else agrees.

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