Bees are great
May 17, 2007 8:37am CST
We've just inspected our hive of honeybees for the first time this year and they are doing really well. They have already filled the brood chamber with honey and new bees, so we must now put 'supers' on top so they can make some honey for us to take a little later n the year. They have been really busy this spring in all the gardens and orchards locally, helping the fruit to set, its amazing just how busy they are when you look into the hive. Yay for bees!
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27 May 07
we all observe that the bees are such hard workers. we also know the value of these bees in its role in nature specifically, in food production. now, with the news spreading about the drastic drop in the population of the bees, it is hight time for the governments in various countries to campaign for farmers to take care of bees in the farms. encouragement will come in terms of adequate trainings for the farmers and the introduction of free starting hives. the formation of beehoney cooperatives will have to formed, too, as a support mechanism.
17 May 07
That's fab! I was just reading a statement about the 'dissapearance' of many colonies this year. I had read something about keeping, and fancied having a go at it but it seems that it's just not for me. With very little garden space, the hive would have to be very close to the house, which isn't ideal as my wife & daughter wouldn't be keen. From what I read, any honey produced would be useless too, because most farmers in my area grow rape-seed.
17 May 07
Rapeseed honey is the mainstay of the commercial honey industry, the bees work it very enthusiastically, but the downside is that it sets in the comb, so if your bees work rapeseed all you have to do is harvest as soon as the crop comes in, then put teh combs back on for the bees to fill up with everything else over the rest of the season. You can keep bees close to the house, but yes, it does help if the family are happy about it!
• Lincoln, Nebraska
18 May 07
I wish you the best of luck with your honeybees. I have heard all the horror stories of honeybees disappearing and it has been disturbing. I once heard that Albert Einstein said that if the bees disappear that humanity only has about five years. This is do to how important they are to pollinating our crops and other plants. BTW, I also love honey.
27 May 07
as soon as, we will have been through with the renovation of the house, i will be considering having some bees of my own. i will try to see if indeed we can have some in our city home. the good thing about the city area is, people around here are not using pesticides. then, if we transfer to the farm, we can also bring them along with us there. if taking care of some bees myself can great help in the production of more fruits and grains, i will seriously consider having my own hives of them.