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More causes of honeybee declines

Queen beePJ Chandler argued that the Langstroth hive is the root of many of the problems currently facing beekeepers.  Michael Bush agrees that honeybees are in trouble, but instead traces the ills to:

Michael Bush's solutions --- while they can be hard to implement --- are very simple.  He says we have to stop using chemicals in our hives, even if that means many of our colonies die and only the strong remain.  Deleting foundation allows bees to build clean wax at a natural cell size.  And we must make sure that our bees always have enough honey rather than stealing too much and then feeding sugar water.  More on the specifics of his beekeeping method in tomorrow's post.

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This post is part of our The Practical Beekeeper lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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Hi Anna,

Kathie writing this time from Blossomland. We are in the midst of beginning a new launch on classes and discussions called Blossomland U, the site for which will be up in a few weeks. Come July August we are going to start some web bee meetings called Hive Chats for information sharing. Perhaps you will join us at some point. Until then passing along your blog to our FB

Keep up the good work! Kathie

Comment by Kathie Hempel Sat May 24 21:17:17 2014

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