Transitioning to Natural Beekeeping

Transitioning to Natural Beekeeping

The Idea The principles are simple: get the bees into clean equipment let them build a natural broodnest or approximate a natural broodnest structure with a mix of small and large cell size frames keep the broodnest clean Always: make small, judicious changes evaluate every change for the long term let the bees teach you The Details Using natural comb hives, like top bar hives […]

Natural Beekeeping Isn’t

Natural Beekeeping Isn’t

The Idea Natural beekeeping isn’t: a cheap way to push the bees a silver bullet for all beekeeping problems about methodologies let alone beekeeping grandpa’s beekeeping small cell another version of organic beekeeping immortal beekeeping The Details Isn’t Pushing Natural is not a cheap way to push the bees, the beekeeper, and the environment out of balance for maximum production/profit. If feedlot, commercial factory farming […]

Meet your Microbes

Meet your Microbes

Field Guides “What we need is a full field guide to the microbes that live in and on people, so that we can understand what they’re doing to our lives. We are them; they are us.” (Jonathan Eisen) There’s work going on to define the microbial makeup inside us. It’s a great start. But only just the beginning. It would be interesting to see a field […]

Probiotics vs Antibiotics

Probiotics vs Antibiotics

Another interest post about probiotics from Radiolab. Before Probiotics My first encounter with probiotics occurred 40 years ago. Back then, I knew nothing of the term. My landlord had a serious medical problem: his tongue had quickly become swollen and extended it turned a dark black color and was painful He couldn’t eat, barely drink through a straw, or breath through his mouth. There was […]

Sounds

Sounds

Natural beekeepers are immersed in a sensory world. Our senses help us: understand natural processes evaluate a bee colony’s condition access the effects our management enjoy the experience But our senses have limitations which can mislead us if they aren’t understood. Googling optical illusions produces many interesting and entertaining links showing that what we see isn’t necessarily so. Housel Positioning is a management technique based on […]

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