[OOTB-hive] Introducing BeeCon

Boriss Mejias tchorix at gmail.com
Fri May 8 22:30:02 BST 2015

Hi Richard,

Nice to see your personal hobby helps you directly on your role at
Alfresco. And thanks for the explanation too. I'm not going to become a
beekeeper myself, but we are planing to build some "bee-hotels" in our
garden this summer.

Coming back to the analogy, I think it's a very good exercise for the Order
and for Alfresco to understand how much sugar/syrup and how much honey the
bees are getting. It will help us to evaluate and project how healthy the
community is.


On 8 May 2015 at 07:47, Richard Esplin <richard.esplin at alfresco.com> wrote:

> As a first season beekeeper, this is what I understand.
> The common practice is for beekeepers to leave sufficient honey for their
> hives
> to last the winter (2 boxes), and only take honey from boxes that get
> filled
> beyond that.
> The challenge is that the best honey producing bees (Italians) ramp up
> their
> brood production early in the spring before there are honey flows.
> Beekeepers
> of these bees will supplement their bees with sugar syrup until the nectar
> flows start. Once the nectar starts the bees will prefer the nectar to the
> syrup.
> Sugar syrup is also used when transporting bee packages to new bee hives.
> The
> bees on the backs of trucks are transported with a few frames of honey
> inside
> their hives.
> But I do understand the sentiment behind the analogy.
> On Friday, May 08, 2015 01:00:50 Martin Cosgrave wrote:
> > On 07/05/15 23:36, Boriss Mejias wrote:
> > > - Monitor/Check that we are getting honey from the beekeeper and not
> > > sugar. We want honey, not a placebo.
> > >
> > > Please someone rephrase that so that it sounds better.
> >
> > It sounds perfect as it is.
> >
> > In the US there are beehives on trucks that get driven all around the
> > country to serve as pollinators for the various crops (almonds for
> > example); I believe these do mostly get fed with sugar water, and
> > actually it's probably high fructose corn syrup as that is what is
> > cheapest in the US.
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