Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Let me tell you a story....

One day, George"The Honey Man" received a phone call from Vector Control.  They said there was a family that had a bird house that a swarm of bees decided to inhabit.  The family said they didn't mind giving up their bird house, but the bees had to go!

The bees though it was a pretty cool hive, all sorts of little doors with little take-off and landing strips just outside each door.  Very handy.  But it was pretty crowded in there.

George went over to see what he could do about the situation.  It turned out there was no way he could get the bees out of the bird house alive so he took the bees, bird house and all home.  The bird house was really cute but way to small for all the bees, and no way to harvest the honey either.

George decided to make an addition on to the little house and make it so the bees would have lots of room and lots of frames to store their honey.  You can see his efforts above. 

The bees couldn't quite accept the addition and wouldn't even bother to go into it.  The end of the story is that the bees moved on to bigger and better honey places.  Oh, well.


  1. Why don't they make bee houses super cute like that. They are always just a box that is white or pastel colors - Boring!

  2. Most man-made bee hives are utilitarian and efficiency is key. They want to be able to check the health of the bees and pull the frames out easily when harvesting. By the way, those frames are HEAVY when full of honey!

    There are other shapes of man-made hives but the majority are simple and easy for the bees and beekeepers.