I see his book is available, but in German. Is there an English version? I'd love to read it. I agree with you...nothing new in beekeeping.Like: Also the way Brother Adam made starters by collecting brood combs and boosting the starter to the point of swarming: that method also was described by Gerstung in his book 1926. Der Bien und seine Zucht.
Yes in fact I offered to take one of his queens this morning that he thought was to pissy. I've been grafting and even giving queen away to some local beekeepers. It's been hard to find someone that's close willing to do the work. Willing to do the work? maybe that's whyHave you ever tried trading queens or queen cells?
The swarming, yup that's a hard one I have a store bought queen that just got through her 3rd winter and never made a swarm cell. I'm grafting off of her this year' just wonder if that will help with that.I'm going with double nuc boxes this year. They're somewhat different than Michael's, but the concept is similar.
I don't have any queen excluder, and I refuse to pay $10 for a queen excluder.
I still don't understand how Michael manages swarming other than having superior genetics.
Hi Dan,There are very nice stickys above that have it all I would question someone who has bees and has not seen it of their commitment.
Well Grey Goose you are easily offended since we are using computers only those that have them that have them could be offended if they aren't using them to learn. The books are still here it's much harder to find the right books but it can be done. The beekeeping class I took long ago had no such information as to raising queens or making nucs. Since I was just a young kid at the time I didn't know the right questions to ask. It was 25 year ago when I first heard about something is wrong with the bees and thought that when I retire I might not be able to do it again but when I did I said what the hell I might as well try so the learning process began for me. FWIW the stickys were not there when I first found Bee Source and I didn't find The Sustainable Apiary through Bee Source. We use the tools we have at the time and now that we have them there are many that refuse to use them that's what I'm talking about.Hi Dan,
I have had bees since 79 I just got a computer, 1.5 years ago, Prior to that time , IE pre 2018, I did not see anything ported thru the internet.
Having a computer does not IMO offer any stance on bee keeping commitment, or enlightenment, You are way off base with such a silly comment.
How many computers did Gerstung have in 1926. ? How could he look up the sticky notes and be committed? By your definition, any one with out the computer and the time to look up many things on the net, is not commited.
Almost everything in bee keeping has been discovered with out computers, before either of us were born.
IMO there are more bee keepers with out a computer, and not on BeeSource , than having computer and On beeSource.
Take a walk in someone else shoes, I think yours are getting a bit tight, maybe affecting circulation.
I know 8 to 10 beekeepers in their 70s-80s Who I respect, they do not even know what BeeSorces is, hmmm they must also be uncommitted............
I think it's about genetics, if you have swarmy bees you need to fix that. Also, having hives set aside for increase and others that you will use for honey only.Can we please return to my question: How does the sustainable apiary prevent swarms, and still get a good honey yield every year?