3 Main Pillars of Natural BeekeepingPer F. Lazutin "Keeping Bees with a Smile"
Pillar #1 The Right Natural Habitat
In his most influential modern book on natural beekeeping "Keeping bees with a smile", Lazutin states that the most important factor for successful natural beekeeping is having the Right Natural Habitat: clean unpolluted land and water, forests and meadows located far from agrochemical pollutants, the habitat that would provide the bees with rich Spring-to-Fall nectar/pollen resources. More...
Pillar #2 Never Feed Sugar to Bees
Sugar only contains carbohydrates. Bees need vitamins, protein and micronutrients from nectar, honey and pollen. Note: to stop sugar-feeding you need to have Pillar #1 The Right Natural Habitat. More...
Pillar #3 Never Medicate Bees
Never use any chemical or acid or any oil treatments, no antibiotics or fungicides or acids. Strong locally adapted survivor bee colonies have already learned on their own how to naturally coexist with Varroa mites, etc. and survive without human intervention. Quoting "Keeping Bees with a smile": "These strong colonies will give offspring that are likely to be disease-resistant. Conversely, treatments create all of the conditions for negative selection (weak propagating the weak)".
Medicating the bees is problematic in the long term as mites and similar parasites will eventually build up resistance to any new treatments while the medicated and "overly coddled" bees would only learn to rely on constant human intervention and would thereby be denied their primary defense mechanism of natural selection. More...
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