Organic Bee Keepers have no losses from CCD

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Hi All,

Interesting article from the Organic Consumers Association about the lack of CCD losses by Organic Bee Keepers.

Coincidence? I Think Not. Maybe intensive farming of Honey Bees isn’t the way to go?

Check out the full article here:-

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_5194.cfm

Thanks…Gary

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About Gary Fawcett

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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3 Responses to Organic Bee Keepers have no losses from CCD

  1. Graham Wheeler says:

    Exactly why i am changing to Top Bar hives!!!
    Hobbyists dont need to farm bees,they just let them get on with it,
    and who wants 30kg or so of honey?? we cant sell it, All l need is a few jars for myself and a few friends.
    thanks for the link
    Graham

    • Gary says:

      Yes exactly Graham, we are looking at building a top bar hive as well in the Winter.

      What do you use to control varroa in your top bar hive Graham or do you find you have less trouble from them?

      See ya…Gary

  2. Graham Wheeler says:

    Hi Gary
    Still looking for a swarm, its not that easy to populate a new hive at this time of year.
    the accepted method of varoa control seem to be sugar dusting ,but because off small cell size and other natural factors Varoa are not that much of a problem.
    This is from theNatural beekeeping forum—re dusting with icing sugar

    “Fill you duster half way with powdered sugar and shake it, squeeze the container blowing the dust over the bees until they are totally white. Only a dust should come out and not big clumps. Do both sides of each comb with bees. Powdered sugar will not hurt brood.

    Powdered sugar does not kill all the mites it interferes with their ability to grasp the bee and promotes a grooming behavior which knocks off more mites to prevent them from climbing back up to parasitize more bees. You will need the sticky paper in place. The dusting procedure will have to be repeated two weeks later to be effective enough.

    Use this method in conjunction with regular monitoring of mite fall count and back it up with a drone culling methods mentioned below.”
    Cheers
    Graham

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