Alternative Beekeeping

The Alternative Conventional Hive

I believe there is not a keeper that hasn’t experienced the emotion of discovering one of their hives has died. The sadness, the feeling of some how we failed those bees. “Did I do something wrong, could I have done more?” For me, there was a period of time, in my bee keeping career, that felt I wasn’t smart enough,…

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Alternative Beekeeping

Hives of Cedar

Does it make a difference what you build your hives out of? Depends on who you ask and the answer will depend on why and how they keep bees. It is generally accepted that commercial hives serve a different purpose then Alternative hives. The wood and other materials used to construct commercial hives are excellent for the purpose they serve.…

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Alternative Beekeeping

Beekeeping-Managing the Odds

I saw a bumper sticker once that said,”I’m a professional gambler- I keep bees”. At the time I thought it was humorous, but as I thought about it more and more, I realized there was some level of truth in the humor. Sometimes it seems that keeping bees alive and healthy is a game of luck and odds. So how…

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