Oxalic Acid Shop Towels

Oxalic Acid Shop Towels

Randy Oliver has been testing the effectiveness of oxalic acid soaked shop towels against varroa mites. And has published some new results. This approach appears very promising for anyone who wants to effectively treat for varroa without contaminating the bees, equipment or the environment. It’s simple. Blue shop towels, containing oxalic acid dissolved in glycerin and water, are put inside the hive above the broodnest. […]

Audacious Beekeeping

Audacious Beekeeping

I’ve spent decades tripping my way toward natural beekeeping. But that’s not necessary now. Beekeepers know that doing beekeeping as usual is no longer practical, let alone sustainable. It’s going to take some audacious thinking and action to move beekeeping successfully into the future. To that end, Bee Audacious gathered up a wide variety of researchers and beekeepers to discuss bold, new beekeeping ideas. And […]

Top Bar Hive Design

Top Bar Hive Design

Interested in designing a top bar hive from scratch? My Build a Top Bar Hive page describes the process. But Mogans Jensen has illustrated and detailed the process in his more than 80 page Beekeeping with Apis cerana indica. It’s with a slightly different bee than our Apis mellifera. But the principles are the same. And it’s a very interesting read for anyone interesting in […]

What’s Buzzing?

What’s Buzzing?

Every beekeeper knows that sound. And that sound can mean big trouble. If recognized early enough, a little smoke will confuse the bees and keep big trouble at bay. Tarry too long, and smoke will only irritate them more With European bees and a little smoke, a beekeeper has a few minutes before trouble gets out of control. With Africanized bees, it’s less than a […]

Mushrooms and Bee Disease

Mushrooms and Bee Disease

Using natural beekeeping methods can increase honeybee colony vitality, health and resiliency. But achieving those benefits can be expensive in both time and energy. So, they’re not suitable for everyone. Many commercial beekeepers would fall in that category. They, like their bees, are worked to the maximum. With little time, and thin profit margins, few commercial beekeepers can survive the initial catastrophic colony losses often […]

Crithidia Mellificae

Crithidia Mellificae

New Research indicates Crithidia mellificae is a factor for Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD. Our analyses demonstrate that, in addition to Varroa destructor, the presence of the trypanosomatid parasite Crithidia mellificae and the microsporidian parasite Nosema ceranae in summer are also predictive markers of winter mortality, with a negative synergy being observed between the two in terms of their effects on colony mortality. Furthermore, we […]

Diesel Exhaust Disrupts Bees

Diesel Exhaust Disrupts Bees

Today’s polluted environment is tough on all life. Here’s more research showing just how tough it is on honeybees: The new study offers insight into the specific hazard for pollinators from the fumes from cars, trucks, trains, ships, and heavy machinery. Significantly, the study indicates that honeybees haven’t been helped by the “cleaner” diesel now used in Europe and the United States due to regulations […]

SymBeeotic

SymBeeotic

I think this is the first commercial probiotic supplement for bees. A team of microbiologists at Lund University have patented the treatment, known as SymBeeotic — made from lactic acid bacteria from the stomachs of healthy bees — which they described as a major “boost” to bees’ immune system and are hopeful that it could slow down the rate at which bees are dying. “The […]

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 […]

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