- Nov 8, 2008
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- Finland, Helsinki
- Hive Type
I'm not suggesting that we should be either inefficient or seek (as Roger Patterson suggests) to keep colonies small ... I just feel that we should be lead by the bees we keep as to how they want to develop ... some small colonies I have had have been bigger honey producers than some colonies who grow to a much larger size and yet do not produce a honey crop that would be commensurate with the colony size.My thoughts too, but put better than me below..
From what I have seen so far, I admire your approach to beekeeping, but I think your interpretation of that statement of intent is flawed. Even amongst those amateur beekeepers for whom maximum honey production is not the major objective, most people will try to be efficient in our beekeeping and try not to waste money. Keeping total bee populations low does not seem to be anyones' priority and obviously, the bees and their keepers want them to be as busy as possible.
Well it's more or less 100 years ago that the native honeybee was practically wiped out (the so called 'Isle of Wight Disease') so I reckon mainly from the near continent and it was only about 20 years later that Rowse began to source honey from overseas to meet demand.100 years ago. From where they imported honey in those days?
One feature of good pastures: no another beekeepers
It's inferred in that paragraph that I find contentious ...I see nowhere a mention of 'forcing' them to work, I don't think that it is even possible. He mentions proper management (something the 'experts' even in those days seemed incapable of doing). Maximising a colony's capacity is nowhere near the same as forcing them - if bees are given a fair chance they will do it (maximising their capacity) without being asked, in fact, trying to force them not to maximise their capacity is where the problems start (try putting a colony with but one super on, on an OSR field, or a heather moor working full swing in perfect conditions, and come back four weeks later expecting them to have not strained themselves and only filled that one box before relaxing) because that is their natural objective, we just cash in on that.
That is not possible. You cannot force bees to do anything. Feeding syrup and patty is not forcing. Bees gather honey, if pastures have nectar.It's inferred in that paragraph that I find contentious ...
going beyond the natural order of things to the point where we are trying to force more from our bees than perhaps they are capable of.
A common slur against skeppists is that they killed (sulfured) bees. As you yourself say some did, others drummed.... just using the skeppist's system of kill and harvest...
... even Manley started off collecting bees from other skeppists when they were drumming them.