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Michael Bush – Treatment Free Beekeeping – KM049

Michael BushThis week we are talking to Michael Bush :). This is Episode forty nine of our beekeeping podcast.

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Michael Bush is a Treatment free Beekeeper / Author and speaker from Nebraska.

Here’s What You’ll Learn

  • What is Michael’s biggest challenge in keeping his bees alive in Nebraska
  • Sometimes the answer is to do nothing
  • Feeding can set off a Robbing Frenzy
  • How to get more honey in a Top Bar Hive
  • How to get started in Treatment Free Beekeeping
  • 45 Degrees is the best angle for Foundation Less Frames
  • The Hopkins Method of Queen Rearing was popularised by Isaac Hopkins (A New Zealander)
  • What was the motivation for Michael Bush’s Book?

What Was Mentioned

Michael Bush Plays Guitar
Photo courtesy of Linda Tillman
  • Small Cell Beekeeping
  • Foundation-less frames
  • Maybe the microbes in feral Bees is why they are so good?
  • Treatments kill the Bees ecology?
  • Walter T Kelly Foundation-Less Frames
  • Michael is going to be running some Bee camp, Click HERE to find out more.

Michael’s Book

Michael Bush book is called “The Practical Beekeeper: Beekeeping Naturally”

Video’s Mentioned in the Talk

Michael Bush- Four Simple Steps to Healthier Bees

Michael Bush gave this presentation to the Beekeepers Association of Northern Virginia (BANV) and to the Prince William Regional Beekeepers Association (PWRBA) on July 30-31, 2012 in Manassas, VA.

Want to learn more about Michael Bush

His website is at
You can email Michael Bush on moc.smrafhsubnull@seeb

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Gary enjoys designing new kiwimana products which we sell through our on-line shop. He is passionate about saving the Bees and encouraging urban beekeeping. Gary loves to write about issues that affect the Bees and our environment. He is also into tramping/walking in the beautiful New Zealand bush.
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8 thoughts on “Michael Bush – Treatment Free Beekeeping – KM049

  1. Michael Bush is a good teacher

  2. Michael Bush is a good teacher

    1. Yes indeed thanks for the feedback Jeff

  3. Thanks Gary and Margaret for helping us know bees

  4. Thanks Gary and Margaret for helping us know bees

  5. Damn I’ll never be a proper beekeeper. Just realised the beard is probably compulsory…

    1. Ha ha, indeed you can always get one from a costume shop Kazel 😀

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