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Hello All,

Spent many hours on this site as I learned beekeeping and now chasing a dream in Southern Chile. Dad and his brother in law had bees when I was young in Hobe Sound FL. Never got really involved due to age and the only thing I took away was the smell of honey bee hives and honey. Fast forward 25 years and got involved helping a friend with his hives. The smell brought back a lot of good memories, something felt right, and I was hooked immediately. I was in Key West at this time and chased Black Mangrove blossoms for about 8 years and started breeding wild stock due to necessity and fell in love with queen production. This grew to about 50 or so hives as a hobby and then took over, I wanted out of marine construction so sold it all and moved to southern Chile to chase Ulmo honey and try my hand at larger scale queen production as this is what I really enjoy. So as of today I am located at 41 degrees S, have a deposit down on 10 rustic hives (think square bottom top bar hives), one cut out to box up when the weather warms up, and a lot of learning to do. I don't see too much overseas activity here but if you guys would have me I would like to share this journey and pick up some tips from members in a similar climate as I am coming from a very different climate with very different hive problems. Not much varroa in Key West but definitely here. I am happy to not have seen a single hive beetle though. Thanks in advance and let me know if this is an acceptable proposal or if not maybe some suggestions on international forums.

Travis
 

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I'm excited for you, and look forward to reading about your experiences making your way as a queen producer and beekeeper abroad. Chile is a major exporter of fruit to the rest of the world--pollinators are needed for those crops--I think you're in the right place for big success.
 

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Welcome to Bee Source. I look forward to reading about your adventures down south.
 

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Update. Spent all spring working with Bruno Fierro in Purranque, Chile. Bruno is the premier producer of queens and nucs in southern Chile. I think about 750 queens were sold and 300 nucs. I was scrambling to find a piece of ground to start my own apiary and found Bruno online and what a resource! We moved bees first to cherries, fed like crazy and then really amped up increase and queen production when rape seed came in. About mid January I closed on a few acres near Puerto Octay and was able to move my first 15 hives onto the new place. Wildflowers everywhere and with blackberries just budding I doubled up brood supers on each hive and watched them grow. We got an early bloom of Ulmo this year and the past two weeks have been a mad dash. I am going to split once more if its not too late and hopefully go through winter with what takes. Winters are mild and rarely drops below freezing but come with a lot of rain. Halfway through construction of a bee lab. I will start a new thread with pictures when time allows me to figure out how. All in all I have a good feeling in my bones about this venture!Stay tuned.
 

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Travis:

I am glad to read about you chasing your dream.

I will look forward to reading about your efforts in commercial queen rearing.

Best of success to you with this new adventure!

Russ
 

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Sounds like you jumped right in. Congrats and best of luck. We enjoy hearing about beekeeping in different parts of the world. J
 

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Wow, what a beautiful spot you are in! Are you right on the lake? And welcome, we would like to hear about your business. Enjoy. And I don’t have hive beetles where I’m at either; I attribute it to not buying bees anymore.
 
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