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Offline sims96fan

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Bees and honey
« on: September 08, 2012, 03:04:45 AM »
I bought a few hives but haven't managed to get any honey from them yet.  My sim also got stung a few times.  Does anyone know the best way to take care of the hives and get the honey?  How long does it take for honey to form?

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Re: Bees and honey
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2012, 03:41:20 AM »
I gotten honey from mine and my Sim haven't gotten stung. I picked smoke hive, clean hive, harvest honey and then feed bees.
Not sure how long it takes.

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Re: Bees and honey
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2012, 07:00:28 AM »
It takes about 1-2 days for honey to start being harvestable. You can also get beeswax out of it.

My rotation is Smoke Hive, Harvest Honey, Clean Hive, Feed Bees.

I'm pretty sure that in real life, you'd want to smoke the hive before doing anything, as smoking the hive kind of lulls the bees into a quieter stage.

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Re: Bees and honey
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2012, 07:39:20 AM »
Thanks, I will try this out!  How much honey do you get from the hives?  Isn't it faster/cheaper to get it from the store, given that feeding the bees costs 150 simoleons?

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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2012, 08:31:52 AM »
I haven't noticed that feeding the bees costs anything. And I was able to harvest within the first 24 sim hours, I just did the smoke, clean, feed routine straight away. I believe you need to feed them for them to be able to make honey, or make it quicker.

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Re: Bees and honey
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2012, 11:08:15 AM »
I tried the smoke, clean, feed, harvest method but sometimes my sim still gets stung.  Is this supposed to happen?

Also, most of my honey seems to be bad quality or worse. :(  Is there a way to improve the quality of the honey?

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Re: Bees and honey
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2012, 12:36:23 PM »
Clean and Feed, Clean and Feed, Clean and Feed.  Getting stung is somewhat helpful, because that lets you know your bees are displeased with your beekeeping aptitude. Once your bees are happy, they will buzz around in circles instead of wildly flying about.  That is when you should be able to harvest better quality honey.


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Re: Bees and honey
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2012, 01:54:12 PM »
I haven't proven anything yet, but I think besides the order you care for the hive the frequency is also important. I have tried the hive in 2 different households, and it seemed that the house where I did the routine once a day, he stopped getting stung after the first few days AND the honey was good. The house where I leave the hive alone until I need it because I am too busy, I get stung all the time and the honey and wax is bad quality (bad, horrifying, etc) regardless of smoking the hive.

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Re: Bees and honey
« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2012, 03:22:15 PM »
Just like in RL, bees need "Tending", to make happy bee honey.  I don't think you harvest honey everyday in rl though. lol  Smokin', harvestin', cleanin' and feedin' my hives.

PS:  Anyone know if you can keep the honey and beeswax on a shelf, in the frig or does it have to stay in inventory?  In RL if you refrigerate honey it crystalizes.
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Re: Bees and honey
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2012, 04:36:20 PM »
lol to be quite honest I actually just harvest my honey from the hives at the elixir consignment store or arboretum. The quality ranges from nice to perfect without me having to clean or feed - I just smoke and harvest. Haven't been stung yet. I've been keeping my honey in the alchemy cabinet just to stop my fairy from drinking it all the time. It gives her a nice moodlet - but my alchemy ingredients!

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Re: Bees and honey
« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2012, 08:54:52 PM »
Feed, Smoke, Take honey, Clean - Worked for me.

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Re: Bees and honey
« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2012, 03:25:33 AM »
Honey is also at the grocery store, I just found out. I'll get honey that way, it's easy lol. ;D
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Re: Bees and honey
« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2012, 03:39:02 AM »
Selling perfect beeswax at the consignment store the listed price is 140, plus whatever markup, just in case anyone has spare beeswax and not enough money.

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Re: Bees and honey
« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2012, 07:05:32 PM »
There is a tip on loading that says smoking the hive makes the bees happy and that improves the quality and quantity of honey.

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Re: Bees and honey
« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2012, 07:12:49 PM »
I've gone to smoking + harvesting, smoking + cleaning + feeding, doing both twice a day and my honey is still only Great at best.  Usually it's normal or nice.

Taking care of the hives takes a long time, too!  It might be easiest to go buy honey from the grocery store or harvest the good honey from the arboretum.

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Re: Bees and honey
« Reply #15 on: September 09, 2012, 08:14:36 PM »
Also if you have a bee hive on your home lot and then hire a butler, your butler will try and clean the bees constantly (getting stung/attacked most of the time - due to not performing a "smoke bees" action) and never do anything else. Also they'll get stuck in their "everyday" outfit. I ended up having to dismiss my butler (after the 3rd  or 4th bee attack), then blocking off the area with my hives and locking the entrance to everyone but household. Then I rehired the butler and she seems to be working normally now (except the occasional outburst that she can't go get stung by the bees anymore 8)).

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Re: Bees and honey
« Reply #16 on: September 09, 2012, 09:50:28 PM »
Is it normal for sims to change into their swimwear when interacting with a beehive?
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Re: Bees and honey
« Reply #17 on: September 09, 2012, 10:53:39 PM »
Is it normal for sims to change into their swimwear when interacting with a beehive?

ahahaha best mental image. I haven't seen that - mine just change into whatever they were wearing with a hat that has mesh hanging off it so their faces are protected but nothing else.

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Re: Bees and honey
« Reply #18 on: September 14, 2012, 09:32:34 AM »
Is it normal for sims to change into their swimwear when interacting with a beehive?

Are you sure your sim doesn't have the daredevil trait?  ;) Sounds like something a daredevil would do, though I personally haven't tried it.
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« Reply #19 on: September 14, 2012, 10:44:21 AM »
The sim in question is a Daredevil, yup. That would be interesting if it makes a difference - tending the garden is pretty much one sim's job so I've never had anyone else work with the beehive.
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Re: Bees and honey
« Reply #20 on: September 20, 2012, 10:22:06 AM »
I have 2 hives. 1st hive smoke, clean, feed, gather. No problem

Go to next hive.. Smoke.. BEE attack!  :o Scream and run away with angry bees following. When at last they stop stinging my poor little faerie, go back and clean, feed, gather with no problem .. Huh?  ???
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Re: Bees and honey
« Reply #21 on: September 20, 2012, 01:09:24 PM »
I just checked the Daredevil thing. I had two other sims tend the beehive - one Daredevil and one not. The Daredevil sim changed into his swimwear. The non-Daredevil sim just put on a beekeeper hat. Seems conclusive. :)

I smoke, clean, smoke, feed, smoke, gather - maybe I'm paranoid because my first ever attempt to harvest resulted in a bee attack? But my sims still get stung sometimes.
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« Reply #22 on: September 20, 2012, 06:09:33 PM »
Ok, the bees have a happiness level on a scale of 1-100. 97 is the threshold for perfect honey. To make the bees happy you need to clean and feed them. When they are cleaned and fed, their happiness goes up by 1.5 per hour. They make honey every 12 hours. The box only stores up to 5 units of honey. When you first buy the box their happiness level is 50. So you should smoke them (to reduce the chance you get stung by 90%) then feed and clean them as often as you can to increase their happiness. The smoke lasts for 4 hours. The happiness level of bees on community lots will never go below 72.

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Re: Bees and honey
« Reply #23 on: September 20, 2012, 07:57:33 PM »
Awesome info!

Thanks chuckles :D

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« Reply #24 on: September 23, 2012, 10:10:47 PM »
Despite the above info that I found in the game code, my bees seem to be producing worse and worse honey, despite cleaning and feeding at least twice a day. I'm wondering if there is some sort of glitch with the hives. Has anyone else noticed this? I'll be resetting the hive to see if it works or selling and replacing it.