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Bee-friendly beekeeping

Natural beekeeping

Every beekeeper has his own ideas about natural beekeeping. The most important thing is to observe, love and respect the bees and nature. Bees are very well able to sustain themselves in normal circumstances.

The normal living conditions of the bee have been influenced by humans over the years.
The disappearance of flowering meadows and hedges between the fields, the cutting down of forests, excessive mowing of verges, monoculture in agriculture and the use of pesticides and herbicides.

The disappearance of natural barriers has brought one of the bees enemies closer: "The Varroa Mite". There are many products on the market to control the Varroa mite and unfortunately, the mite keeps coming back into the hives.

Combating the Varroa mite in a biological way is part of natural beekeeping.

The choice of beehive and leaving honey in the hive as winter food.

Bee-friendly beekeeping

If you talk about natural - and bee-friendly beekeeping you follow a guideline for yourself in which you can find yourself. The well-being of the bee always comes first. It does not mean that other methods of beekeeping are wrong. This is just the way that feels right for me.

Below is my perspective on beekeeping.

What is not possible in my view?

  • remove the entire food supply
  • supplementary feeding with sugar solutions
  • squeezing queens to death
  • cutting wings
  • cut out drone blood
  • ready made frames with wax
  • fight Varroa with acid
  • use chemical agents
  • open beehives frequently

What is desirable?

  • leave 20 kilos of spring honey in the hive as winter food
  • If you do have to add extra food use their own honey
  • let bees build their own comb
  • 1 or 2 Favus windows can be used at startup
  • natural control of varroa with the predatory mite
  • do not open the hive, check with viewport windows

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