posted on Sep, 23 2009 @ 02:31 PM
OP, I LOVE your pictures, very very cool! A
and S&F to you there!!
It's interesting what Phage said about managed hives.. May really be onto something there.. (Star!)
When I started out beekeeping, we used very strict hive methods, really quite intensive, and wondered why the bees weren't as healthy as expected. We
were using very conventional methods, used the world over, but something wasn't right with then.
So, for the past couple of years, we've been using experimental hives first set out by Abbe Warre, which mimic a treetrunk, like the bees would use
in a wild colony. Almost immediately, the bees are a lot happier, they're less stingy, more productive and we don't need to mess up the nest
anywhere near as much as we had to before! It's a great method! Warre Hive Linky
But, on a commercial level, it's pretty unviable and impractical, so unfortunately, the use of conventional hives, coupled with intensive breeding
practices, are causing a decline in the bee numbers! It's sad but true.
If anyone has any questions about bees or keeping, feel free to ask! I'd be more than happy to answer anything you'd throw at me! Just your friendly
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