The life expectancy of a worker honeybee is 6 weeks.
Just 6 weeks!
Do you know what eventually kills her?
She dies because her wings wear out, and she is unable to get back to her hive.
This past Thursday night was my first bee keeping class. I enrolled in a 6 week, 18 hour course titled First Lessons In Bee Keeping. Class didn’t start until 6 PM. I didn’t get home until after 9:30, which is way past my normal bedtime, so you know I’m motivated. 🙂
By the end of these six weeks, I will know whether or not I want to take the plunge and become a bee keeper.
Here are a few more bits of bee trivia….
In a healthy hive there can be, between 60,000 to 80,000 worker bees at the peak of the season.
A healthy queen honeybee may live 2 to 3 years, although due to the chemicals on plants these days, you’ll be lucky if she makes it a year.
There are 3 different types of bees in a hive:
A queen, the worker bees and the drones.
In a good year, you can expect to harvest 40 to 80 pounds of honey off of one hive. Last year our instructor Bill told us, was not a good year. He averaged 40 pounds of honey per hive. ( He has 300 hives.) A gallon of honey weighs about 12 pounds. Bill recommended a minimum of 2 hives for starters…for reasons I am not going to get into here…but even if it was a bad year, that would potentially = 80 pounds of honey or 6 and 1/2 gallons of local honey.
Side note- this past year we have made the transition from white sugar to honey. Not going to go off on a bunny trail right now, but the more I learn about the white pure cane sugar many of us grew up on (and corn fructose) the more I am motivated to replace those
sweeteners poisons with honey.
” Anyone can plop a bee hive out in the back forty over the summer. You are not a bee keeper until your bees have survived through the winter.” Bill the bee keeper
And on a related note…
I did not get home until 2:45 AM this morning. Went in to work at 11 PM last night to clean, then set up a banquet hall for a Ducks Unlimited meeting.
I’ve always said, if I had to, and work was slow, I would go to Hardees and flip burgers. Well, I finally got my wish 🙂
Construction work is slow. I have a friend who works part time for a commercial cleaning company. His boss told him, if I ever needed work, to give him a call.
So last night I got up close and personal with all of the toilets, sinks, and urinals in a 400 seat conference center, as well as an introduction to dry mopping, and reading a table placement diagram.
Last night the story of the Prince and the Pauper flittered through my brain…You remember that story right? A prince and a pauper trade places..and each gets to experience life in a whole new way….
Here I am a self-employed business owner, used to hiring and firing, bidding work, collecting, dealing with customers, and all that goes into being self-employed…
and last night…
I was a worker bee.
(Notice I didn’t say “just” a worker bee.)
There is nothing degrading about cleaning bathrooms for a living. Talk about job security.
Woke up this morning with a song in my heart.
Tell me about some of the types of jobs you’ve had over the years..(even if it was 50 years ago)….DM