Taking orders for summer 2015

Orders have started for 2015 and I will be posting queens on a first come first served basis.
The easiest way to order is via paypal.

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 50 active members. He also manages about 30-40 colonies of his own. 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 Taking orders for summer 2015

  1. Tricia says:

    Hi Jonathan, I tried introducing a native queen from another breeder to a 3 frame nuc in early July. The breeder recommended feeding the nuc. In spite of blocking the entrance with grass, as also recommended, there was significant robbing and she was killed in the introduction cage (?by attendants). It is now critical for us to replace a scrub queen, and I am hesitant about another nuc. We are now clear of swarming and I wonder if it is best to kill the scrub queen, leave the colony 48 hours and introduce a new queen. There is so much oncflicting advice on this. Thanks.

    • Jonathan Getty says:

      When a queen is killed on introduction it is almost always because there is a queen already present, virgin or non laying.

      Not sure why you blocked the entrance with grass. What was the reasoning behind this?

      Is there a problem with your scrub queen or why do you want to replace her?

      I have guidelines for introducing a new queen elsewhere on the site here.


  2. Tricia says:

    Thanks for the comment, Jonathan. I have read your guidelines on introducing queens and it is clearer than other advice. The scrub colony is generally slow and laying rate has droppped off. Do you still have queens available?

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