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7-year-old Pennsylvania beekeeper has hive with 50,000 bees

PENN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Dressed in black and yellow to look like the bees in his hive, 7-year-old Kellan Borecky of Penn Township explained how his honeybee friends accept him.

Kellan is the legal owner of his own bee apiary and one of the youngest members of the Lancaster County Beekeepers Society. He and his father, Justin Borecky, 33, of Penn Township, recently leveled up Kellan’s hive to level three, which means adding another 10 frames to the hive for the honeybees to work on.

The hive houses about 50,000 honeybees.

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“All of the bees in the hive... are the queen’s kids,” Kellan said. “She just lays eggs.”

For the past three months, Kellan and his father have been learning from beekeeper enthusiast Dale Long, 69, of Warwick Township. Kellan got his first hive as a birthday gift from Long this year.

When asked if he wants to be a beekeeper when he grows up, Kellan confidently responded, “I am a beekeeper,” emphasizing “am.”