2018 orders

I am now taking orders for June 2018 delivery

About Jonathan Getty

Jonathan Getty is a member of the Belfast & District branch of the Ulster Beekeepers Association and is at least a fourth generation beekeeper in the Getty family. His main beekeeping interest is queen rearing based on our native bee Apis mellifera mellifera. He started up the Belfast Minnowburn queenrearing group several years ago and it now has about 70 active members. He also manages over 50 colonies of his own and has plans to expand. Jonathan holds a BSc Hons in Psychology from Queens University Belfast and gained a postgraduate teaching qualification at Stranmillis Training College. He is a fluent Spanish speaker.
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3 Responses to 2018 orders

  1. James Ellison says:

    Evening Jonathan
    I started keeping bees in 2014 with black Irish bees and was doing very well until I had a few virgin queens mated with drones in my area. These new queens produced mostly aggressive bees, but could give me any information on how to keep my bees all Black Irish bee. The reason for the email as I would be interested in getting a few of your black queens.what do you think 🤔

    • Best thing you can do is set up as many drone producing colonies as possible with daughters from a pure race queen. Irrespective of what they mate with, the drones produced will be pure race as they are produced from unfertilized eggs. The other possibility is to rear a few queens in mini nucs at an isolated mating site but you will still need to provide drone colonies.

      • James Ellison says:

        Could you direct me to articles on drone producing colonies on line. It would give me an idea what is involved in producing these drone colonies .Many Thanks Jonathan

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