The reverberating theme around here " Ask 2 bee-keepers a question and you will get 3 answers is now haunting me.
Today I drove 230 Km there to pick up my nuk. The arrangement was I bring my Brood box and transfer the frames from the nuk to it. The beekeeper spread the nuk frames evenly between empty frames. I said I want the NUK frames in the middle and my frames on the outside of them. THAT will not work. He asked where are my waxed frames. When I said my frames have the starter strip provided and I wanted the bees to build from this. THAT will not work was the stern reply.
Having lived the good life with my beautiful wife for more years than I can remember I agreed with him, shook his hand bid him farewell and now am going to do what I think is right.
In the morning I will put all the NUK frames (5) into the centre of the hive and put the the blank frames with the " Cedar starter strip" outside of them. 8 frames in a 8 frame Lang box evenly distributed.
What I did not appreciate was the side comment to his mates as I left, which went like " Why do I get all these looses thinking they can keep bees as a hobby, They will not do anything but kill my bees."
Well that’s not me. I an a 74 yr old retired engineer who, with all modesty, does not fail lightly.
I have a beautiful box of bees and I will do justice to them…in my way.
I am open to comment.