EACH HONEY BEE HIVE HAS A PROPER NAME
The Natural Beekeeping Workshops based on Biodynamic Principles have taken place again in 2014 at the Sanctuary in June.
At that point the hives were small and easy to observe. Naturally the bees enjoyed the student visitors and were very kind
to them and, naturally, the new keeper -of bees- were stellar with the bees – as always. We have a theory that there is something special about the Individual who decides to become a keeper -of -bees and this includes some of the commercial beekeepers we have met.
One student inquired into the “rest of the story” about the huge , overpopulated hive which we had in the sanctuary last year.
It ended up to be the smallest hive in the Spring – alive and well – but small. What a strange experience that was and
we are now watching to see if any new traits have developed with this hive, after surviving six months of being wrapped for cold weather and survived. These observations are all duly noted in a note book which Klaus takes with him every time he visits a hive. Record keeping is a very important part of the Natural keeping of bees.
For all of you who took the courses this early summer, those small two and three story hives have grown to the point of
Klaus once again climbing step ladders to tend them.”Rose” , who resides in the new Langpohl top bar hive in the Sanctuary,
started out with a few frames. She was one of the three hives beginning her life in the condo Langpohl top bar hive located at our out-apiary where we wintered small swarms and nucs. She now has 60 frames and asking for more. The bees seem to be extremely happy
with the Langpohl Top Bar Hive !
Under the Nova Scotia provincial law we must put our beekeeper’s number on each hive, but we also have named each Individual Hive, because we simply do not think it respectful to the bees, nor to life itself, to number a Living Being. All of such thoughts come from a place other than Love and they “seed” the commodification of Life, Nature, the Elements and Planet and Humankind. Actually the numbering of Beings is a Nazi thought
and we accept it now as “business as usual” – it’s purpose is to dehumanize and to devalue the Beingness of Life. Number your houses
and use numbers for counting , but don’t Number Beings……….then again, the rich and famous Name their Houses don’t they! Interesting.
The “Rose”hive received her name because she was a swarm which landed in our friends rosebush last summer. She has since made two more hives – Little Rose and Big Rose:-}
In the record-keeping-book, or the Diaries, which I mentioned earlier, Klaus has a section for every single hive in the Sanctuary. Each hive has such Individuality and the relationship with every hive is different. Each page starts with the proper name of the hive and the origins of where they have come from. These places of origin influences their names – for example, the rescued feral hive found in a chimney and terribly damaged by a fire the people lit to get rid of them is called “The Chimney
Swifts”. They are still in the isolation field and will be able to join the Sanctuary next year. We make sure such hives have no
diseases and are healthy and happy before we bring them near the other disease- free- hives. So far, so good. These happy
bees make regressed small- cell- foundation already and so we are excited to have these traits brought to more nucs for
our students. Yesterday we removed two full supers of capped, rose- smelling- honey from them and there is much more almost
ready to be harvested. This is the “extra” honey – as each hive will be left with plenty of honey and pollen inside of it for winter.
Other names of the hives or nucs are Paul, Uriel, Michael I, Michael I I and Michael I I I etc. There is a hive called Demeter and it is such a very kind hive. The songs sung in each hive are also different and we
had a visitor who has a music background and could hear the “notes”
being sung. What a great project – to have some music written from the
songs of the bees. Another participant studied healing and she heard
the songs as the elements of wind or fire or water. How interesting
it is to journey along with the wise honey bees who have something to teach us all.
Below are some of the things which we record in the record book and if
you are a keeper of bees, making diaries of your honey bees will give
you a deeper insight into the hive and its life.
The pages of the record book have such things as
1. the date you inspected the hive
2. the number of frames of brood and eggs observed at each inspection,
3. the amount of capped or uncapped honey and pollen
4. if you saw the Queen a notation is made
5. what frames have Queen Cells or Emergency Queen Cell Cups
6. when the next inspection must be done based on what is observed within the hive
7. what must be done in the next inspection – like to inspect to see if the Queen Cup has turned into a Queen Cell,was the Queen mated,etc
8. adding or taking of supers
9. splits made from the hive and the name of the new nuc
10.dusting with ground sugar dust or with light water mist for mite control and date for next dusting
The plans have been completed for the Langpohl Top Bar Hive and a Friend of the Honey Bees is now putting it into
a more professional drawing to be posted to this blog next week, if all goes as it should. Naturally these plans are
for free for any one who wishes to build one for personal use and not for profit.