Responsible Beekeeping

BEe Perspective Beekeeping

BEe Perspective Beekeeping is more than just treatment-free. It is looking at beekeeping from the bee’s point of living – not just survival.

 

  • The beekeeper allows space around the hives (there is no crowding).

 

  • The beekeeper does not enter into the hive so often except during spring to check for aroma, diseases, etc. They also check for splits to be made. This is done once per week during spring graduating to every two weeks to once per month until winter.

 

  • The beekeeper does not purchase queens, nor do they raise queens outside the hive other than those that are raised within a nuc (nucleus) after a split or if a queen is needed in a queenless hive (in which case, frames are added with eggs and larva). Beekeepers do not cut out or pinch off any queen cells that are created after a split.

 

  • The nuc split is taken at least 5 miles away from the original hive so that the queen can mate with drones outside of the queen’s original domain. Ten days after mating and 5 days late (or when the queen starts laying), the nuc is closed before dark and moved to the new site or back to the original apiary. The entrance is opened the next day.

 

  • Hives are located on or preferably between geomagnetic grid-lines. These lines vibrate at about 250 hertz, while the bees vibrate at about 195 to 250 hertz. They swarm at about 300 hertz. Hive pests vibrate at a much lower hertz thereby and do not cohabitate with the bees.

 

  • A honey formula is made from sugar, water at 95° Fahrenheit, apple cider vinegar, and honey – then allowed to sit for a couple hours to ferment the good Lactobacillus bacteria. This formula is fed only when absolutely necessary, like those living near or among people who use Roundup or in a genetically modified organism (GMO) area. The glyphosate in Roundup affects the queen’s laying abilities. GMO seeds are coated with neonicotinoids that affect the bees’ ability to remember how to come back to the hive.

 

  • The beekeeper should always leave enough honey on the hive to allow the bee to survive through the dearth and winter. If the hive is accustomed to having a certain amount, it will evolve to work with that amount.