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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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