>Um, are you guys trying to tell me that you were NEVER that interested in tweaking your bees just so you could 1] make your harvesting easier 2] get more honey out of the hives ?
Certainly. but I could care less where the queen likes to be or where the bees want to have their brood nest, as long as they are prospering and making honey.
I also don't care if they draw comb, since they will if they need it or if they cut back on brood rearing in a dearth (which is wise of them) etc. I just want to make sure they can defend their hive, have enough to eat and a good queen to keep things going.
> So, allow me the retorical qustion, why did some of you guys switch from 10 frames to 8 frame hives? If you tell me that it was easier on your back
Precisely. To save my back. Absolutely no other reason.
> or that you got more honey from the frames
Not a bit.
> I rest my case
What case? Going to eight frame hives has nothing to do with my expectations of the bees and everthing to do with my expecations for myself.
> and respectfully ask that you don't give up on us new beekeepers
I certainly have not given up.
> who are asking "stupid" or " demanding" questions...
I thought the questions were NIETHER stupid NOR demanding. I was just pointing out that you are not trusting the bees. The bees don't care what you want and you seem to expect a lot of cooperation from them. I've never known them to coorperate.
Bees will be bees.
>Admitedly, I am prolly being a anal retentive person over the bees, but can you blame me for tapping into that vast store of internet experience that is available at the touch of a key stroke??
Not at all. I just think y'all need to learn to trust the bees.
>Bsides, I am sure that if I found a way to get the bees to place thier honey in a pre-cleaned, labeled honey jar, without any wax or bee parts in the honey, you guys would be beating a path to my door asking me how it is done...
> And I promise to share that information if I ever find out.
You do that.