Well it’s Friday so am I going to ruffle any feathers? I hope not. I just am looking for the answer to, “What is natural Beekeeping?” I read and hear of natural beekeeping all of the time. Normally it is on some forum where someone is touting a specific hive design over another. I will admit, though it is one of my tags, I cannot claim to be a natural beekeeper. What I do with my painted boxes and frames is inherently un-natural.
Here is a picture of what I call NATURAL BEEKEEPING! These guys are what I call HONEY LOVERS!!!. No one would think it a good idea to go around and decimate wild colonies to fill the world’s honey demand. I think that would be a horrible idea, but it would be natural no doubt.
Personally I would have loved to been a fly buzzing around as one neolithic guy said to the other, “Hey man I have an awesome idea! Why don’t YOU climb way up there and get us some honey and brood to munch on! Here is a torch we can’t keep lit, go on… everything will be fine!” Back then nobody would have been ashamed of having a crazy uncle. They would have HOPED they had one!
So if true natural beekeeping is something we cannot practice with any sustainability perhaps we can do some things to mimic it.
I have seen bees living in trees, crawlspaces, overhangs, block walls, wood walls, old car motor compartments, as well as several different hive designs. They seem to make a pretty good go of it anywhere they decide to call home. So why the big fuss over hive design? Every design will have its own pros and cons. How bout instead of labeling a certain design as more natural or more commercial we focus on trying to keep our bees alive and sharing information. I hope to dabble in alternative designs in the future. I might just learn something.
Can you tell me what natural beekeeping is? Leave me a comment…
I am going to be working bees most of the day today and I have my tripod at least “rigged” together. So hopefully next week I will have more content about what is going on with them.