A post on Facebook the other day made me chuckle a bit, the person started off stating they had asked a question and received lots of feedback, the proverbial 1 question and 12 answers. I chuckled because I knew it was true and I personally could provide 2 or 3 options myself if I were in their shoes.
To seasoned beekeepers this is normal and we’ve come to accept it. However it does cause some dismay to new beekeepers, so here is my challenge to both those who ask questions, and those who provide suggestions – always ask why, or explain why. The essence of this is to expand what we know and make us better equipped for future circumstances. For example, queen excluder questions occur frequently so rather than just “I use them” or “I’ve never even owned one”, Why do you not use them, or Why do you use them? What are the goals you are trying to reach? How might your method of managing your honey extraction affect the use/non-use of the excluder? The more we each understand what our options are for various circumstances, the easier it is to select what We think is the Best method, This time, for This hive for Our goals.
Beekeeping is a fluid thing, conditions change from year to year, our priorities change, and there are variables we don’t control. And that’s ok. Its not our job to control the bees, but to simply participate with them, go along for the ride if you will. So take my challenge – if you are asking a question, be sure to ask why, and then decide if that fits your goals, and if you are offering some guidance be sure to include an explanation of why you do it that way. We don’t all have to agree on the what the Best way is, because honestly, there is no one best way. And yes, it’s true, some of my closest friends still use solid bottom boards!
Thanks for being a part of our group, and I’ll see you at the next meeting!