Bees and Chickens
Have you run a chicken coop? Chickens are funny animals with their quirks and behaviours. Bees are similar; they do things that don’t make sense to us, yet to them, there is a perfectly credible reason.
This hive in our backyard is one of those moments which gets one thinking – why is that? The bees have a perfectly functioning front door, yet they decided to chew a hole to the right of the main entrance and use it more than the front entrance.
There is chatter among beekeepers that if you paint foam beehives, two coats even, the bees won’t chew through the foam. This hive is painted with two coats inside and out, and the bees still found making a hole relatively easy.
Aside from the hole on the side of their front door, the video also shows plump pollen sacks full of goodness coming into the hive and the young bees coming out, cleaning their eyes and ready to take flight. It is interesting to note, too, that the younger bees heading out for orientation flying use the main door of the hive to stagger, climb and launch, and the younger bees ready to forage were using the side door.
This video is one of those moments where, instead of smelling the roses, one stops long enough to see the beauty of nature preparing for the Spring and how nimble nature is to ensure nothing gets in the way of what needs to be done.
More information on the who’s who in the beehive can be found on our FAQs page.