Q/A With A Beekeeper 

On this new page we will be posting questions asked to a different member every month. Each member will be asked the same questions, as they say, ask 10 beekeepers the same question, get 11 different answers!

Richard Cutter

What year did you start attending AMBA? "When it started up in 1975."

How long have you been keeping bees? "50+ years."

What made you want to start keeping bees? "Father in law bought bees and said, there they are!"

How did you acquire your first hive? "Father in law gave me a NUC."

Did you have a mentor? "Harry Mallow, John Lindner, Fern Wilson and Mr. Murphy."

Favorite piece of beekeeping equipment and why? "Extractor, because it has made it a little easier."

What is the largest number of hives you have ever had at one time? "30+"

What is your favorite beekeeping memory? "Taking bees to the lake."

If you could give someone who was new to bees' one piece of advice, what would it be? "Use a smoker."

What is the worst disaster you have had with your bees? "Bears and floods."

Have you ever considered getting out of the beekeeping business, and if so why? "I have cut back a little because of age."

Jeff McIntyer

What year did you start attending AMBA? "2012."

How long have you been keeping bees? "6 year."

What made you want to start keeping bees? "Always loved honey and wasn't able to get local honey."

How did you acquire your first hive? "Bought a swarm from Weston, West Virginia

 

Did you have a mentor? If so, who? "Harry Mallow until he passed away. He always answered questions when I didn't understand what was going on." 

What is the largest number of hives you have had at one time? "86."

Tell us one of your favorite beekeeping memories: "Watching a swarm fly away on Father's Day. Was too big to stop and too big to follow."

If you could give someone who was new to bees' one piece of advice, what would it be? "Don't be afraid of bees, they are very easy to work with."

What is the worst disaster you have had with your bees? "Wind storms are a problem unless you have them tied down. 

Have you ever considered getting out of the bee keeping business? If so, why? "If I ever would get out of bees it would be due to physical problems. It's the one thing you can't control, your health."

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