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I like to ask my bee students in class, "Tell me? What do you know about Honey Bees?" A powerful question, to be sure. Even experienced Beekeepers quickly find out that they don't really know as much about Honey Bees as they initially thought. This is a UNIQUE PAGE on our website. We teach these principles in our Beekeeping classes often. We thought we'd go ahead and include these Principles here, for you to study later.
You've heard the term "hearding cats"? Too many people are trying to "heard cats" in their beekeeping efforts. Rather, we think it's wiser to learn HOW Honey Bees work and learn how to "work in harmony" with the colony. In order to do this, we must first understand THEIR principles by which they work. I love "principles". Principles are irrespective of human opinion. They just work! Prinicples are something you can COUNT ON working time and time again. Honey Bees have almost 30 Principles by which they live on a daily basis. Once you learn such Principles, you're more than half way home in learning how to keep your Honey Bees healthy and happy. Happy Bees = a happy Beekeeper. Angry bees = a frustrated Beekeeper. Learn to work WITH YOUR BEES, not against them!
Below you will see a list of almost 30 Bee Principles, with a short explanation below. This is a culmanation of years of work with many colonies and actually SEEING the bees do such things. Many times you'll never hear this mentioned in Bee books, or at local Bee clubs. So....from MY EYES, to YOUR EARS!
1) Bees make Queens, Beekeepers never make Queens
This is by far, the most powerful principle over looked by beekeepers. Very few Beekeepers really acknolwedge this & seek to take advantage of this principle. If they all did, we WOULD NOT be in such a bee crisis as we're in todate. Although, many Beekeepers like to brag, "Oh! We created 500 Queens this year!" In truth, the Beekeeper created nothing. They may have had a "hand in it", but really, they created nothing. The point here is, "Do you see your current Colony resources, as resources to generate more Queens?" If not, why not? Learn to use your CURRENT RESOUCRES to create or generate more Queens. There are a meriad of ways to get the Workers to create Queens. It's up to you to learn these various methods. Once learned, you should never have to buy a Queen again! I get many, many calls from Beekeepers who never considered their CURRENT resources in order to generate more Queens, and thus colonies. Truely! They simple want to BUY A QUEEN. This in & of itself isn't terrible. But rather, the point is, that said Beekeeper, when asked, never knew that they could use their current resources to generate Queens ....easily! Stunning!
2) Bees seek Balance
As with most creatures, a colony of Honey Bees seeks to be "in balance". When we have a terrible dry period, and no nectar moving, the colonies are OUT OF BALANCE, and are non too happy about it. Once rain moves in, and nectar once again moves, the girls will seek to get back into balance by foraging for more resouces. We can use this AGAINST the bees in various ways, to perform various functions, or reach various goals. ie, pull a split and let the girls make you some new comb. In a normal Spring time, with sufficient rains, you could almost kick the colony and they're attitude is, "Whatever! No problem here." and won't even come out to check you out. But kick them on a really dry period?! You better run! A good beekeeper knows this, and knows how to take the colony OUT OF BALANCE and use their efforts while they seek to GET BACK INTO BALANCE. There are many reasons for doing this. Just know, Bees seek balance, and learn to play on this, for you and your beekeeping efforts.
3) Bees Read Holes
4) Bees move Eggs
5) Bees are compartment thinkers
6) Workers will care for more than 1 Queen
7) Brood is laid to air, while honey is placed overhead.
8) Queens love fresh air
9) 5 weeks = a Queen laying a palm size patch of brood
10) cells capped over on day #6
11) Bigger brood = more peevish
12) Bees are brood sensitive, not honey sensitive
13) Bees are built Sustainable
14) Bees front-load
15) Bees are Spot Sensitive
16) Bees hate voids between brood boxes or brood frames
17) Hot hive = faster comb build out, 100F+
18) Multiple Queens can exist in a colony, as long as they’re separated
19) Bees are Resource Sensitive
20) Bees are Smell Sensitive
21) Bees hate honey BELOW brood
22) Bees work in over-kill mode
23) Bees expand & contract their colony
24) Bees are Shake Sensitive
25) Bees always prefer Nectar over Sugar water
26) Workers go to light, Queens run to dark
27) Wet bees stay down, dry bees bounce back up
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