Cool story, though shorter than I'd like. So how did this guy get started
de-beeing? And are the hives transportable--it appears they relocate the hives,
so does he have a field somewhere filled with hives?
The hive is put in a box that is about 18 inches cubed. It will include frames
with a paper to start new combs. It can be easily loaded into a small truck.
As the hive grows additional boxes are added until it is about 4 or 5 high. One
box will be a nursery, one honey for the winter, and the others are to harvest
honey. The frames are removed. The wax is shaved off the top with a hot tool.
The honey is spun out in a centrifuge. The empty combs are put back for the
bees to replenish. In many locations farmers will pay for bees to be placed near
flowering crops. Today there is a shortage of bees because of a parasite
I agree with Hunam. The story was well written...as far as it went, but seemed
cut short.A good follow up would be to interview some of the small-time
honey producers around UT. I used to get honey from a home-based outfit in
Nephi a few years back.
Hives can be transported, but need to be mature stable hives. To become a
mature hive, a hive has to last the season and make it through the winter. Last
winter, in Utah, many hives did not survive.
This is terribly abusive to the poor bees. I'm calling PETA. Bees are people
Just my two cents here: I live in an area that is almost totally alfalfa
fields. About 5 years ago there were so many bees pollinating the fields that
we just took them for granted. I don't raise stock or alfalfa but I'm friendly
with the ranchers and farmers who do. They told me that they always tell the
crop duster (who sprays for weevils that destroy the alfalfa) that he shouldn't
spray until AFTER the bees have pollinated the fields. Every year since about 5
years ago, he seems to spray earlier and earlier and as of this year, I have
seen NO honey bees at all. NONE. Last year we had some buzzing around our
chimney after the crop duster went over some fields near our house, this year,
no bees at all. I don't think there is a parasite; I think the bees are being
destroyed by pesticides. It seems to be a logical observation considering the
timing of the sprayer and the bees pollinating the fields. I hope that the bees
will make a return and recovery. People are now pollinating trees in China
because there are no bees.
A few comments.The bit about the bees and dolphins: I compare honey
bees to dolphins, fairly friendly unless provoked. I compared Wasps to sharks,
aggressive predators and scavengers. This comparison was not clear.General Contracting slowed down a couple years back so I decided I would turn
to my hobby. I realized there was a need for a specialist in removing bees from
homes in Utah. Homes have plumbing, electrical, supports water barriers and
more. As a licensed G.C. I am insured, a beekeeper is not. Hives I
remove are placed in farms, gardens, orchards and fields. Alfalfa is typically
a good place to have them, BUT if the alfalfa is sprayed or cut too soon there
isn't anything worth a lick for a bee. I strive to save bees and place them in
areas suitable to them. I want them happy and healthy!UtahBeeRemoval has information on saving bees, pollination in Utah, honey, and
more. If I don't remove the bees, in most cases they will killed.
BeeFriendlyUtah saves bees and recognizes others for doing the same.We need bees, just not in our homes.
Hey Albert. I am proud to have a family member that is in tune to our
environment. We need more people that are passionate enough about saving
creatures that benefit our world. Good on ya. Us Canadian's Luv Ya for what you
are doing. Keep on going and you'll bee the next Billy!!!Cheers,Lorne