Just returned from Michael Bush’s Bee Camp in Nebraska. Exhausted from long days, sleeping in a teepee, and mega time in hives and discussing bees. I am more convinced Bush’s system works.
1. Moving the hive entrance to the top allows the moisture to escape naturally.
2. Medium boxes with 8 to 9 frames per box not only reduced the weight but replicates their natural environment.
3. Foundationless – Over the years we beekeepers have struggled to “manage” honeybees within environments we perceive are best. Honeybees have survived 3.5 million years, mostly without us. It is time to allow the bees to determine their environment.
4. Watch and listen to your bees. Become more perceptive to “what they are wanting” rather than doing what we think they need based on time of year or some book.