Keeping it simple is sometimes hard to remember. Stepping out and asking someone for something can be even harder. During the last hive inspection I invited my apiary mentor over to join in the activity. My hope was to be reassured of my feeling that the hives were doing okay. Turns out they are doing great.
We found queen cells in one of the hives. This means either the current queen is deemed unworthy by the bees, there is something wrong with her and the others feel the need to replace her, or even that the queen has died and they have chosen a few others to grow into queens in hopes one of them survives to take her place.
For me it means this week I will need to do a much more thorough search for her on the frames (there was larva in the cells so she was there at least a few days prior in order to lay those eggs). If I find her I am then able to remove the frames with the queen cells and use it to start a new hive. This is what is referred to as “splitting” a hive.
In order to start a new hive I need to have the equipment in place for them to move into. This is where the keeping it simple part comes into play. I had ordered my initial hive components and other accoutrements from a fellow beekeeper who picked them up from his source out of state. If we were not talking bees and hives here the prior statement would sounds a bit sketchy.
This was a few months back, though, and I did not have contact info for this supplier. I did what seemed logical – I went online and looked at two of the major beekeeping suppliers to see what was available. While I somewhat found what I needed it was not quite what I was looking to use. Also, the prices were higher than I paid for my initial setup. After a few days of going back and forth trying to justify getting not exactly what I wanted at a higher price I broke down and sent an email this morning to the other beekeeper, “Do you happen to have any extra hive parts available?” Yes, this would have been the simplest action from the start. However my assumption was that the ordering of supplies was a one time thing and I did not want to come across as a bother.
I was wrong.
With 10 minutes I got a reply, “I am picking up more supplies this week. What do you need?” Now I will be getting what I want, for a cheaper price, and sooner than if I had ordered online. All I had to do was question my assumption and ask for help.
How many times do we do this exact thing in other areas of our lives? We assume people think this or that, expect this or that, make the process harder than it really is, settle for what “will work” but is not exactly what we are wanting. Yet it may only take reaching out to others to change our perception of reality or reality itself.