Re: Natural Cell vs. Small Cell
I just read this entire thread post by post. Keep chewing this bone Specialkayme. I like the focus you have on this issue.
I do suspect anything bee related may be tainted with the issue of money. I have experience in other things that unquestionably the real money is selling the equipment and supplies to the doers.
Want to make money in hand made pens? Sell the wood that penmakers make pens out of. And that is about the only good way to do it. Likewise you can make money keeping bees. or make money selling beekeeping stuff to beekeepers. At the very least it is an issue deserving careful consideration.
I saw two cases of reported success and neither where even attempting to control mites. One had given up and basically did not manage the hive at all. That raises many questions. The other just wanted cool looking bees and was not concerned with the results of treatment. Basically noticed as an afterthought that they where not having problems other keepers had. Both of these cases border on a common theme. maybe it is an overall combination of current management. From the purchasing of packed bees rather than swarming bees to feeding sugar water and everything in between.
At a casual glance the very idea of trying to control the bees cell size smacks of micro management. If so it will also bring with it every negative that micro management entails.
I suspect that many of the common issues in bee management evolved from the desire to harvest the most profit from every frame and even every cell of a hive. Eventually you will reach the point that you have asked the bees to do more than they will ever be capable of doing.
My focus is on letting the bees be bees in every way. Not just cell size, but hive size, honey production. wax production. entrance size, comb orientation. queen replacement and yes even swarming. Let the bees be bees and I will gain from it what I am able to gain. But from where I stand the idea of maximizing has gone completely off the chart. it was done in little tiny steps so nobody really thinks there is that much of a change. But it went over the line somewhere and then everyone wants to say. this is the way my Grandfather did it.
The truth is your Grandfather did not keep bees this way. He didn't loose massive numbers of hives to disease and parasites. Nobody has ever kept bees the way they are kept today. So Solomon, if it is not you, then it needs to be somebody. but someone needs to set down and write a whole new book. Cause bees aren't what they used to be and it doesn't matter what Grandpa did. He couldn't keep bees in an alphabet today.
Just my impression and the only real valid thing in my post is the second sentence.
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