Michael Bush Guest Author-Speaker
The Shelby County Beekeepers Association-SCBA and The University of Montevallo hosts special guest author & speaker, Michael Bush.
Author of The Practical Beekeeper and expert The Natural Cell Method of Beekeeping.
Early Registration 8:30 a.m. Opening 9:00 a.m.
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Pre-registration Cost Through Friday, March 4: $35.00
Walk-ins March 5: $45.00
*Officers of our local & state beekeeping Association
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Who is Michael Bush?
Michael Bush is one of the leading proponents of treatment free beekeeping. He has been keeping bees since the mid 70’s, usually from two to seven hives up until the year 2000. Varroa forced more experimentation which required more hives and the number has grown steadily over the years from then. By 2008 it was about 200 hives. He is active on many of the Beekeeping forums with last count at more than 50,000 posts between all of them. He has had an eclectic set of careers from printing and graphic arts, to construction to computer programming and a few more in between. Currently he is working in computers. He has a web site on beekeeping at www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm
“His writing is like his talks, with more content, detail, and depth than one would think possible with such few words…his website and PowerPoint presentations are the gold standard for diverse and common sense beekeeping practices.”–Dean Stiglitz
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The case for natural cells. We beekeepers need to control the pests in a natural way. We will elaborate more on this as we go, but Dee and Ed Lusby arrived at the conclusion that the solution to this was to get back to natural cell size. Foundation (the source of contamination in the hive from pesticide buildup in the world beeswax supply) is designed to guide the bees to build the size cells we want. Since workers are from one size and drones from another and since beekeepers for more than a century have viewed drones as the enemy of production, beekeepers use foundation to control the size cells the bees make. At first this was based on natural sizes of cells. Early foundation ran from about 4.4mm to 5.05mm. But then someone (Francis Huber was one of the first to write about it) observed that bees build a variety of cell sizes and that large bees emerged from large cells and small bees emerged from small cells. So Baudoux decided that if you enlarged the cells more you could get larger bees. The assumption was that larger bees could haul more nectar and therefore would be more productive. So now, today, we have a standard cell size of foundation that is 5.4mm. When you consider that at 4.9mm the comb is about 20mm thick and at 5.4mm the comb is 23mm thick this makes a difference in the volume. According to Baudoux the volume of a 5.555mm cell is 301cubic mm. The volume of a 4.7mm cell is 192mm. Natural cell size runs from about 4.4mm to 5.1mm with 4.9mm or smaller being the common size in the core of the brood nest.
So what we have is unnaturally large cells making unnaturally large bees. We will elaborate more on why and how on the page “Natural Cell Size”. The short version is that with natural cell size we get control of the Varroa population and can finally keep our bees alive without all the treatments.
Other topics to be covered:
Unsustainable beekeeping system
Shallow Gene Pool
Wrong Gene Pool
Upset ecology of the bee colony
Beekeeping House of Cards