As I was thinking about what to write for the 6th day of the blogging challenge my mind kept going to the bee hive where I work….so today’s writing will be about this wonderful yet obtrusive bee hive.
I am all for honey bees and I’m glad that the people I work with are also for honey bees because this honey bee hive is NOT the first one we’ve had here at my work. Here’s our current hive:
The one we had before this one was just as big. We had to rent a cherry picker and hire a bee keeper to get the bees down safely without killing them. I didn’t get to actually see the bee keeper smoke the bees to make them very docile so he could handle them, but I was told about it later. We learned a lot about bees from this experience….for instance, the hive needs to have a queen (which most people know), but did you know that if the hive can’t find a queen that they can create one out of any of the other bees? Pretty cool!
As I’ve already said, the hive in these pictures is the 2nd hive. After the first hive was taken away this space in the steeple was empty of bees for about 3 or 4 weeks….then almost overnight the bees came back and built another hive. The bee keeper said that these were bees from the old hive that were off getting pollen when he took their first hive down. I guess they really like this spot.
As you can see….the bee hive is really high up (about 30 feet or so), and when the bees leave the hive they fly up over the top of the building as they go off in search of pollen to make their honey. So, they really don’t pose a problem for anyone as most of the activity of people is totally on the other side of the entire building.
It was decided that this current bee hive would just stay where it is, since the expense of taking it down is pretty high and they don’t pose a threat to anyone.
By the way, if you are interested in local honey from Niceville, I’d be happy to provide the phone # of the bee keeper … he sells the honey from his house….let me know.
Well, that’s the story of our bees at work as told by me 🙂