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Bee hives (again)

Found several threads with info but not the answer to my question...

I understand that the relationship to the hive is essential for better quality honey.

But I wonder if the bees build their relationship to the household, or to each household member separately? Would it be wasted to let several household members bond with bees? If they have multiple hives, should they tend to one (or more) each?

Would be less tedious if it is a household relation, but as long as I find no clear answer, it feels a bit time wasted no matter what I do, LOL

What's your routine if say they have a total of 5 bee hives? Will you work them separately? Will it take too long to get top quality honey from multiple hives, so it would be better having fewer hives?
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  • StormkeepStormkeep Posts: 5,430 Member
    edited January 8
    The relationship is built for each sim seperately. I've literally never had 5 hives at the same time, but I had 3 at one point in my current household and, at first, I had two different sims bonding with them. 1 bonded with one hive and the other with 2...just to save a little time so both sims had more time for other things. Eventually one sim did end up bonding with all 3, because she had far less going on (and thus more time).

    As far as my routine, I just did bonding once or twice per day with each hive, right before doing the gardening. I know you can rush it along by doing it more frequently but I didn't bother because it goes up relatively quickly even doing it just once per day (per hive).

    The one sim that does it still has the same morning routine:

    1. Feed insects (just 1)
    2. Nurture insectsx2
    3. Feed Seymour (cow plant)
    4. Get honey and beeswax from all hives.
    5. Harvest all harvestables.
    6. Make friendly with any bunnies that are out and have reduced relationship bars

    It takes her 3-4 hours sim time to do all that.

    Her husband's routine takes similarly as long but his is to care for all the animals (2 chicken coops, 1 cow and 1 llama) and make friendly with all the birds.

    Beacause of the bees, bunnies and birds, they never have to do actual garden tending other than harvesting. Sprinklers do the watering, bees do the fertilizing, bunnies do the weeding and the birds take care of the bugs.
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  • simgirl1010simgirl1010 Posts: 23,829 Member
    I have two hives and my stay at home sim mom takes care of them while hubby and eldest daughter are at work and two younger daughters are at school. She also tends the insect farms, one of each, and takes care of the chickens, cow, and llama. On weekends she'll continue to take care of the bees while hubby tends to the other animals and insects.
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  • SimmervilleSimmerville Posts: 9,753 Member
    Thanx for info! So, my House of Honeydew might have taken on too much then, starting out with 16 bee hives, LOL. My plan is to have just one sim do it all, it really won't take long if bees are calm. I guess he will bond only with those in calm status, so in a while it might be just a big handful per round. Maybe another household member can handle the mites and harvest honey & wax, and a 3rd household member can tend a sales table.
    Should keep them busy I hope:)

    My sims got bee hives on release but this far only saw poor quality honey, so it is on time I focus more on this feature.
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  • crocobauracrocobaura Posts: 4,211 Member
    Thanx for info! So, my House of Honeydew might have taken on too much then, starting out with 16 bee hives, LOL. My plan is to have just one sim do it all, it really won't take long if bees are calm. I guess he will bond only with those in calm status, so in a while it might be just a big handful per round. Maybe another household member can handle the mites and harvest honey & wax, and a 3rd household member can tend a sales table.
    Should keep them busy I hope:)

    My sims got bee hives on release but this far only saw poor quality honey, so it is on time I focus more on this feature.

    They are angry when they have mites, once you apply the treatment they calm down.
  • StormkeepStormkeep Posts: 5,430 Member
    edited January 9
    One benefit of doing all of it with just one sim is, I think, the other interactions beside bonding also raise the meter a bit. Either that or there is absolutely no decay on it, because once fully bonded I've never needed to have a sim use the bond interaction again to keep it topped off.

    Also, they go dormant in Winter and are just always angry through the winter....no risk of a sting when you harvest the beeswax in winter though, because dormant bees do not sting. (No honey in winter though, just beeswax)
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  • SimmervilleSimmerville Posts: 9,753 Member
    Stormkeep wrote: »
    One benefit of doing all of it with just one sim is, I think, the other interactions beside bonding also raise the meter a bit. Either that or there is absolutely no decay on it, because once fully bonded I've never needed to have a sim use the bond interaction again to keep it topped off.

    Also, they go dormant in Winter and are just always angry through the winter....no risk of a sting when you harvest the beeswax in winter though, because dormant bees do not sting. (No honey in winter though, just beeswax)

    Ah, good to know about Winter. I never checked hives for wax in Winter, I thought it was all paused for the season...
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  • BlkBarbiegalBlkBarbiegal Posts: 7,799 Member
    Good question and great answers.
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  • SheriSim57SheriSim57 Posts: 5,317 Member
    Great thread!
  • GalacticGalGalacticGal Posts: 19,727 Member
    Glad you finally got answers! This thread turned out to be rather informative. I've never fully achieved bonding status, but then again, I gave up too soon.
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  • StormkeepStormkeep Posts: 5,430 Member
    Glad you finally got answers! This thread turned out to be rather informative. I've never fully achieved bonding status, but then again, I gave up too soon.

    I pretty much always have beehives if I have a garden for the household, and I pretty much always have a garden if they don't live in the city....so the bees and I have a long term relationship. The reason is because having the hives means you don't need to fertilize, and I'm lazy that way. Plus I like getting honey.
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  • GalacticGalGalacticGal Posts: 19,727 Member
    Stormkeep wrote: »
    Glad you finally got answers! This thread turned out to be rather informative. I've never fully achieved bonding status, but then again, I gave up too soon.

    I pretty much always have beehives if I have a garden for the household, and I pretty much always have a garden if they don't live in the city....so the bees and I have a long term relationship. The reason is because having the hives means you don't need to fertilize, and I'm lazy that way. Plus I like getting honey.

    In or out of a green house?
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  • StormkeepStormkeep Posts: 5,430 Member

    In or out of a green house?

    Usually out. I like outdoor gardens despite the impact of Seasons on them. Or, perhaps, even because of the seasonal impact on them. I do generally graft the crops I want to be able to harvest all the time to other plants which are "all season" though, such that those crops are available year round.

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  • GalacticGalGalacticGal Posts: 19,727 Member
    edited January 12
    My Sim lives in HoB, currently. He's on what was a vacant lot, about 50 X 40? I used a downsized version of his original house, making the outside more cottage in looks and he's got chickens in a small fenced off area in the corner, a Toddler gym to the right of the chickens, a spa to the left. Next to the spa he's got a found pot for his newly planted plantains and four plots of ground that came with Cottage Living. He grows just a few things. You should see how nicely his oversized pumpkin turned out. On the side of the garden is a build-in swimming pool. Can't be a Global Superstar without any of the perks, right? So, basically there is no room for a green house. I know, I tried. It's good to learn the bees can survive outdoors. :)

    ETA:

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  • StormkeepStormkeep Posts: 5,430 Member
    edited January 12
    I think your sim lives in the same exact lot as my current sim household. Mine are more garden than house on the lot though. :lol:

    The house takes up only a small part of one corner:
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  • GalacticGalGalacticGal Posts: 19,727 Member
    edited January 12
    That is indeed the very same lot!

    Here it is in Winter. The postcard the Erik Cantrell family sent to family and friends.

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    Here is a shot of the backyard from a much earlier time.

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  • StormkeepStormkeep Posts: 5,430 Member
    edited January 12
    I love <3 that postcard!

    And find it really awesome just how different an area can look simply by changing the style of the lot(s) in the area. You did nice putting a little garden there next to patchy. One beehive in the center of that garden area would reach the whole thing for the bee's pollination bonus.
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  • GalacticGalGalacticGal Posts: 19,727 Member
    edited January 12
    Thanks for the tip. Of course, what's growing in the garden now is different from the other iteration of my main game save. This is a different Erik Cantrell! So, the plantain tree is now at the far end of the garden. In between is that nice covered jacuzzi spa. (One of their now four kids was brought about by this spa.) LOL

    ETA: Oh, look what I found a current picture.

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