Working with Horizontal Layens Hives

Working with Horizontal Layens Hives Feral Hive in a Natural Tree Hollow Layens horizontal hives were designed to imitate how the feral bee colonies live in natural tree hollows. Layens horizontal hives with deep 16″ frames have been in continuous use since the 19th century, as they are easy to manage with minimal disturbances to […]

Raising Good Bees in Horizontal Hives. Swarm Traps, Queens & VSH Genetics

Raising Good Bees in Horizontal Hives At ForestBeehive apiary we are miles away from industrial & agricultural pollution, we have sufficient Spring-to-Fall foraging resources for our bees and we don’t use any supplemental sugar feedings. We also don’t use any human engineered chemical treatments or even organic pest control substances in and around our beehives.  […]

Spring, Bees and Lucy the Beekeeper

Spring, Bees and Lucy the Beekeeper Easy Beekeeping in Horizontal Hives. 1st Spring Inspection. Today we’ll talk about our Spring inspection and feeding the bees in case their honey stores are low but first, just a brief note What Natural Beekeeping IS and What it IS NOT.   Natural Beekeeping IS just Beekeeping WITHOUT ANY UNNATURAL chemical […]

Natural Beekeeping vs. Organic Beekeeping vs. Treatment-free Beekeeping

Natural Beekeeping vs Organic Beekeeping vs Treatment-Free Beekeeping Natural Beekeeping IS NOT a carbon copy of how bees live in the wild.  While nature can be randomly unforgiving (e.g. 75% of all feral swarms will not survive) , natural beekeepers can mitigate many risks and assure much better survival odds.  Natural Beekeeping IS, in short,  just […]

Using Honeybees to Pollinate Conventional Agricultural Crops

Using Honeybees to Pollinate Conventional Agricultural Crops photo from: entomologytoday.com In the US the honeybees in conventional vertical beehives get transported by the truckloads all over the country for pollination of conventional agricultural crops. Unfortunately, conventional agricultural crops are usually replete with agrochemicals such as pesticides and herbicides affecting both the bees and their honey. […]

Pandemic-inspired Beekeeping

Pandemic-inspired Beekeeping Beekeeping styles differ greatly. Paul Sheppard, an admin of Facebook’s Natural and Regenerative Beekeeping group with well over 2K members observed that different beekeeping styles exist between 2 extremes: Wild bees/feral colonies are on one end of the pendulum swing and conventional commercial-style beekeeping is on the opposite end.  Video shows a slightly […]

Apiaries next to farm fields?

Honeybees’ Lifespan and Health are Declining. Two primary reasons: Agro-chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, etc.) from nearby farmfields Chemical treatments from conventional beekeepers (ApiVar, ApiStan, Oxalic/Formic Acids, Thymol, etc.) Conventional Beekeepers Treat Honeybees with Chemicals, Acids or Oils, Adversely Affecting the Bees’ and the  Honey. Keep apiaries far removed from agrochemicals! Apiaries need to be miles away […]

Honeybee Sanctuary or Why Honeybees’ Lifespans are now 50% shorter than in 1970s

Forest Beehive Apiary – a Honeybee Sanctuary  Natural and Regenerative Beekeeping Forest Beehive apiary is located on the left side of this secluded forest lake. On the right side of the lake there’s a state owned land – a 3,000 acre wildlife sanctuary.  ForestBeehive apiary on the left side of the lake is a veritable […]

About Us

ForestBeehive Team Bee-Friendly Beekeeping – Putting the Bees First About Us There are fewer and fewer unpolluted lands in the US that are far removed from agricultural and industrial pollution where the bees can freely forage in pristine forests and meadows uncontaminated with pesticides or herbicides. ForestBeehive natural beekeeping apiary was inspired by this beautiful […]