Montgomery, TX

Why Being Queen is the Bee's Knees in Montgomery, Texas

Laura Brigance, MS, CHC

Being the Queen Bee isn't just a dream for some species. In the actual world of bees, having a phenomenal queen is a necessity. The queen bee lays all the eggs, which produce the worker bees. And if there aren't enough or good quality worker bees, honey production slows down.

Which is why many honey producers are very particular about their queen bees.

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One local place really fanatical about their queen bees is Bee Wilde Honey (Reed Honey Co.) in Montgomery, Texas.

The world of the bees (the hive) literally revolves around a queen bee, so it's imperative that each hive has a healthy queen. This can be a little challenging to maintain because once the queen gets a bit older, it can affect the quality and quantity of eggs she lays, as well as the amount of honey being produced. If you're a hobby back-yard beekeeper that may not be a big deal for you. But for honey producers, their goal is to be efficient with their hives.

This means that a queen will need to be periodically replaced. But it's not as simple as buying a new queen and tossing her into a hive. Being so careless can cause a hive to envelop a new queen and kill her because they are rejecting a new queen they're not familiar with.

Not only that, when a queen bee is purchased from somewhere that is not local, there's stress for the bees in being shipped and handled, then more stress in the process of trying to re-queen.

But there's another matter at hand. Bees from different regions and climates may not acclimate so well or so easily. Would you acclimate easily if you were transferred against your will from the northeast US to the southwest? The US has a huge range of climates, and this diversity can make it very difficult for new queens to climatize in addition to the expectation and process of being welcomed into a new hive as their leader.

Bee Wilde recognized this huge challenge and took it upon themselves to be more gentle and practical about their queens. Instead of having queens shipped in this way, they produce their own queens by their own unique process of mating and raising their own queens.

In fact, they're pretty passionate about the quality of their queen bees. Because they understand that the quality of the queen determines the quality of the hive.

This initiative has kept their queens high quality not only for their own hives (of which they have over 3000 colonies), but for anyone local that understands the value of a queen bee that doesn't have to go through the stress of a new climate to take over a hive.

On that note, Bee Wilde takes great pride in offering beekeeping classes that teach this very thing. Staying local and driving home the point of being gentle on the queen from a fantastic stock serves local hobbyist beekeepers well. Beekeeping can be a challenging thing to master, so having failure from the start may discourage new home beekeepers.

So this is a driving factor in Bee Wilde offering their wisdom on the importance of great queen bees. They understand the growing challenges of bees (as you've probably read in the news the last few years) and are determined to do their part in making sure further declination of bees in the small town area doesn't happen. It really does all start with the queen bee in any hive.

And in their words, "Queens really can determine if you have a hive of bees or a GREAT hive of bees!"

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My mission is to always find the magic middle where healthy + efficient merge. As a nutrition specialist and certified health coach with a master of science in nutrition, I firmly believe in nourishing the body, mind, and spirit with proper food, rest, movement, and stress management. My mission is to teach people how those CORE 4 things work together, how to do them on the daily, then put them on autopilot.

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