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Bee Tree Hives: New Design - Even Better for the Bees, and Now Much More Affordable

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Bee Tree Hives: New Design - Even Better for the Bees, and Now Much More Affordable

Bee Tree Hives have been improved for the 2018 season while also becoming much more affordable. The new design allows the bees to live even more like they're designed to live - like they do live in the wild.  For example, BT Hives now incorporate an eco-floor as part of the base. In addition, I've worked very hard to simplify and streamline the process - with absolutely no compromise in quality or previous benefits to the bees - in order to make Bee Tree Hives much more affordable. Check out the product pages on this site.

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"Treatment-Free" Doesn't Mean We Do Nothing

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"Treatment-Free" Doesn't Mean We Do Nothing

Someone recently asked a question about treatment-free "methods."  If I understood their question correctly, they were asking, "Even with a commitment to treatment-free beekeeping, what do we do to help our honey bee colonies thrive (meaning, typically in this context, not be overwhelmed by Varroa)? For myself, I believe that the bees are teaching me that the question I need to be asking myself is not "what do I do," but, rather, "what do I provide?"  What do the bees need from me in order to successfully reach symbiosis with Varroa? So, I am constantly trying to learn the answer to that question.  A...

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A Practical Example of the Difference Between Conventional and Bee-Centered Beekeeping - The Practice of Re-Queening

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A Practical Example of the Difference Between Conventional and Bee-Centered Beekeeping - The Practice of Re-Queening

Following is an excerpt of a discussion we had at the last Bee-Centered Beekeeping Immersion Class in Salida, Colorado.  There was conjecture involved in this exercise, but one of our goals was to expand our awareness of the fact that there is SO MUCH that we still don't know about honey bees.  Although much of what is said below about drones may be speculative, I will not be at all surprised to see this borne out by research in the years to come. It is well known that a honey bee colony does not exist in a vacuum; it is connected to the...

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Fly Fishing and Beekeeping

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Fly Fishing and Beekeeping

My brother-in-law is an avid fly fisherman.  As we were hiking the other day, he began to wax eloquent on the art and mystique of fly fishing.  "As a fly fisherman," he said, "I'm not trying to catch fish... I'm trying to get caught." I've been thinking about that.  That may seem to be a subtle difference at first pass, but with a little more consideration it becomes evident that the difference between the two mind-sets is profound. And, what an apt metaphor for the juxtaposition of conventional beekeeping to bee-centric beekeeping.  What my brother-in-law was saying is that there is a very real difference...

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The Complexity of Honey Nutrition for Honey Bees

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The Complexity of Honey Nutrition for Honey Bees

"Honey contains nearly 200 different substances, many of which are essential for the health of the colony.  Simple sugar water contains two substances: sugar and water.  Microscopy shows that bees fed sugar water have intestines that are shriveled and dull in comparison with bees fed honey, whose intestines are plump and shiny.  Of course, it suits beekeepers who are driven by the desire to maximize honey ‘production’ to pretend that the honey removed from a colony can easily be replaced.  It makes them feel better.  But, sadly, it does not make the bees feel better."http://www.naturalbeekeepingtrust.org/honey

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