I picked up a nuc of honey bees a month ago. (A nuc is short hand for a new colony of honey bees, ie, nucleus) .
In talking with the owner about overwintering bees, he told me something very interesting. He manages several hundred hives, has been doing this for 40 plus years, is constantly experimenting, talking with other bee keepers, etc, etc. so when he’s talking, I am listening.
Of all of the colonies, the hardiest and most robust bees come spring he’s noticed this year were the ones in a more open area (vs. enclosed/ really sheltered yards).
His comment reminded me of something my father used to say about raising cattle. “The healthiest cattle are those with minimal shelter. The cattle in the sheds, tend to get pneumonia.”
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I think this process is constantly happening, not just in nature, but in our personal lives as well.
What do you think?