Managing bee yard for co-worker, what would you ask for in return?
I have a co-worker that has a 4 hive bee yard. He runs langs deeps & shallows with foundation. He had a severe anaphalyatic reaction after his last sting and ended up in the ER. Two units of benedryl and epi iv to get reaction under control.
He is going to allergist to confirm it's bee venom issue and work on desensitization. In the meantime I offered to help him manage his hives. He said we would work something out for my help. His yard is 1/2 hour from work and 1 hour from my house.
What I really need is bees for next year not cash. Do you think asking to make 2 nucs from his hives to overwinter is reasonable? I wouldn't need keep the two deep boxes and frames after I got things going next year.
1yr Beekeeper running foundation-less, all medium langs
Goals: Cut comb & pollination, IPM w/minimal chemicals