Hi! Has anyone here ever gotten a bee hive just to let the bees live and pollinate, without taking any honey? Do you still need to open or otherwise service the hive, or can you just let them do their thing? Thank you in advance 😃 Brooke
Hi and thank you for your replies! I will read the threads you shared, thank you! I have lots of flowers and lots of bees every summer, and I think a lot of the bees are the solitary kind. My son and I also just found a mason bee worm? in some firewood, and we put her in a new log, I looked her up on the insect app and it said she's some kind of mason bee. My son named her Elizabeth. Anyway, the main reason I'd like to have a hive is to help bees and also to listen to their noises like in the book that Paul reviewed, Song of Increase. We live at 8000' in Colorado, so I grow whatever happily grows here. Attaching pics that I took this summer of our flowers and bees. I think most of our bees are solitary.
I have kept bees for over 50 yeras.
You can have a hive of european bees and not touch them, have a couple of supers on top for them to store more honey..
BUT, hives weather, diseases may appear and the hive will swarm most years.
PERHAPS find someone local who is happy to maintain a hive of their own at your place, maybe a few more.
OR see if you have native bees.
Sometimes native bees are not as active or may not live in the cooler area where you are.
What area are you in?
I maybe able to find somebody who can help you.
John Daley Bendigo, Australia
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Honey bees have been around much longer than humans have been keeping them so it's certainly possible. I know someone who found a very large colony that had been neglected at least 17 years. Since the previous property owner died. The problem though, is there are several pests running amuck in beehives in recent years. Varroa mites & hive beetles mostly. I take a rather hands off approach but still open & check them once in a while just to make sure they have everything under control. I think the stronger the bees are to start with & the further away from other bees they are the better their chances would be.
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