I think bee nests should naturally spawn with a random amount of honey already inside, ranging from 0-5. Levels 0-2 could each have a 25% spawn rate, while levels 3 and 4 might have 10% and a full level 5 nest would spawn only 5% of the time. I think this would allow the player to encounter and learn honey mechanics upon starting the game or at least by the time the player has bottles/shears. The player would still have to wait for honey in 95% of any natural nests they encounter as well, so this likely wouldn't outmode bee farming. Additionally, this adds world depth, as some hives would already have been producing honey before the player arrived, and every hive would not be at a uniform level. Having the honey levels be shown on the nest texture would also help the player understand mechanics better as well, but that's another suggestion that has already been made on this topic (and I highly recommend you vote for it).
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