TF Beekeeping Proverbs

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TF Beekeeping Proverbs

Postby Solomon » Tue May 26, 2015 5:04 pm

Here are some proverbs that could soften or avoid a lot of the pain beekeepers feel when starting out beekeeping. Feel free to add to the list.

  • Don't buy packages. No proverb here, just don't do it.
  • Don't replace dead packages with more packages. The the same bad recipe with the same ingredients produces a dish you will never like.
  • Splitting one hive into two is better than buying a new hive to add to your one.
  • $100 is better spent building 10 nucs with which to catch swarms than on one package.
  • The bees that are native to your region are better than any bees that live in any other region.
  • Swarms are free. If anything is free, get as much of it as you can. You can always give it away or trash it later.
  • If you have one hive and one dies, that's a bad time. If you have five hives and one dies, that's just farming. Make another one.
  • Forget honey until you have a sustainable population. Dreaming of riches without a way to get them leads to ruin.
  • If treating is your failsafe, you are not a treatment-free beekeeper.
  • If treating is your failsafe, you will always end up treating.
  • Always have more hives than you intend on keeping. It's really easy to make 7 hives into 5. It is not really easy to make 1 hive into 5.
  • People may complain that you think TF beekeeping is the only right way to keep bees. You are right. But keep it to yourself, you have not yet earned the right to speak that loudly.
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Re: TF Beekeeping Proverbs

Postby Imker Ingo » Thu Oct 15, 2015 5:36 pm

All beekeeping is local.

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Re: TF Beekeeping Proverbs

Postby Michael Bush » Mon Oct 19, 2015 3:51 pm

Nice list. Here are a few of mine:

"The majority of problems are imaginary and the majority of solutions are illusions."--Michael Bush

"You can’t get the right answer when you are asking the wrong question."--Michael Bush, Belief in Beekeeping 2015 bushfarms.com/beesbelief.htm

"Here, then, is the short answer to every beekeeping issue. Give them the resources to resolve the problem and let them. If you can’t give them the resources, then limit the need for the resources."--Michael Bush, The Practical Beekeeper, Chapter: BLUF

"There are few solutions as universal in their application and their success, than adding a frame of open brood from another hive every week for three weeks. It is a virtual panacea for any queen issues. It gives the bees the pheromones to suppress laying workers. It gives them more workers coming in during a period where there is no laying queen. It does not interfere if there is a virgin queen. It gives them the resources to rear a queen. It is virtually foolproof and does not require finding a queen or seeing eggs or accurately diagnosing the problem. If you have any issue with queenrightness, no brood, worried that there is no queen, this is the simple solution that requires no worrying, no waiting, no hoping and no guessing. You just give them what they need to resolve the situation. If you have any doubts about the queenrightness of a hive, give them some open brood and sleep well. Repeat once a week for two more weeks if you still aren't sure. By then things will be well on their way to being fine."--Michael Bush

"No one teaches beekeeping quite as well as bees."--Michael Bush, The Practical Beekeeper, Chapter: BLUF
"Everything works if you let it"--James "Big Boy" Medlin
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Re: TF Beekeeping Proverbs

Postby Imker Ingo » Tue Oct 20, 2015 7:14 pm

I like your last proverb the best Michael. Very true. We can all be more apicentric in our beekeeping. The greatest threat to bees is still mankind, through ignorance, unconsciousness or greed.


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