Skandi Rogers wrote:I will eventually get round to making a hive here, the barn is full of bits from old hives, but I'll probably go for something like a log hive, I'm not interested in the honey I just want the bees.
Skandi Rogers wrote:The last swarm I saw made me run for it! It was in flight coming over my field I noticed a buzzing first then the sky filled with flying bees, no idea where it stopped but it was pretty cool to look at but not from inside it! I will eventually get round to making a hive here, the barn is full of bits from old hives, but I'll probably go for something like a log hive, I'm not interested in the honey I just want the bees.
George Bastion wrote:Whenever I hear talk of natural beekeeping, I instantly think of the amazing research done by Dr. tom Seeley at Cornell University. He studied the conditions found in natural beehives, and developed a beekeeping methodology aimed at replicating these natural conditions.
In my view, that is the definition of natural beekeeping. Stuff like not using chemical treatments or preventing swarms, to me, is a given, since there is no one preventing swarms or throwing chemicals in the hive in the wild.
Here's a great article. https://www.naturalbeekeepingtrust.org/darwinian-beekeeping I intend to start trying to bee keep more like this. He even has recommendations for people who like the more conventional box hives - keep your bees in one deep super (box cavity around 42 liters), and if you want to harvest honey, use a queen excluder and a shallow super above that. Less honey? Yes. More in line with natural conditions of the wild hive? Also yes.