Acquire an ethical hobby beekeeping!
The Oath of the Bee Shepherds
We are a group of Shepherd friends of Endemic and Native Bees, those we call "the Black Bee".
You will recognize us by our coat of arms, the Coat of Arms opposite sums up our desire to do everything possible to defend our Black Bee.
Definition of Our Coat of Arms:
"On crawling Argent in vert with three golden keys, Apis Mellifera Mellifera in the product of the same, protects"
Our training. It's you who work!
Are you interested in an ethical approach to beekeeping?
Do not hesitate to come and train in our beekeeping farm. I do not aim to revolutionize beekeeping, there are enough books and beekeepers who talk about modern beekeeping.
What do I want to convey as a message? It's simple :
Yes it is possible to do another way.
- No use of pharmacy (chemicals, antibiotics)
- Favor natural breeding (it is the bees that decide the choice of royal cells)
- No supplementary feeding, except in the situation of famine and danger of death of the colonies
- Working with the jamb frame, which allows the bees to produce 100% natural fresh wax
- Use products to fight against varroa that are as close to natural as possible
- Collaborate with our black bee
This is the deontology of the Shepherd of the bees.
We must be the guarantors of natural beekeeping, of the preservation of the black bee race which, in my opinion, should be listed as a world heritage site. It is possible to produce raw honey, in reasonable quantities; which takes into account the well-being of bees by giving exclusivity to the native black bee and committing to it to protect it from hybridization followed by its disappearance.
It is possible not to use the pharmacy for our bees, they do not need it. By respecting your bees and allowing them to build up fresh wax each year in the hive body with the leg frame and legs in the super frames or even by working with the riser, you offer your bees the opportunity to express themselves in what they know how to do best.
They live in a healthy and natural environment. By implementing this system, you agree to produce less honey than in current beekeeping, but in the end you will obtain ethical honey with pronounced aromas and exceptional taste quality.
This is the challenge we face!
It's studious from morning to night!
During the courses that I propose to you,
We will see together a different approach, I train you in what I practice in my apiaries, without language of wood. I will do my best to answer all your questions, your doubts. I will show you how to work with the jamb frame, how to fight varroa without a pharmacy, how to arrange your hives, the key points to make your passion a success and avoid the disaster of winter outings. I attach paramount importance to sharing between each trainee. The internships are filled with benevolence, we share the same passion. They are intense. We work immediately after morning coffee.
But that's just happiness.
Training rhymes with conviviality
This is also the internships!
We meet around a good table to discover the regional specialties. Coq au vin jaune prepared according to the rules of the art, etc. !
We discuss our respective experiences. Informally, the course continues because when the passion is pegged to the body, it is difficult to stop. All in good humor and kindness.
It is also a gift course offered for a birthday (wink to Jackie and Michelle). I appeal to my other passion "pastry". Training in beekeeping at the apiary of Balou is simple, authentic by welcoming you to my humble home. It also means discovering the surrounding restaurants by combining business with pleasure.
Now is the time to get started!
First of all, you have to choose the location of your future apiary. The location should be carefully considered, because once installed, it will be very difficult to move it. The bees, once accustomed to the precise location of their hive, will be sensitive to movements of a few centimeters which will disrupt their flight plan.
So that your bees can produce honey
They need… flowers. And for that, they can go far!
To do it right, you will have to look at which bee plants are within a radius of 3 km. You can ask questions to local farmers, get information with specialized books on local, wild flora...
Once you have this list, look at the total flowering schedule for the year. When are the first and the last?
Keep in mind that an ideal environment is one where there is a great diversity of nectar plants and where the various flowering periods allow harvesting from early spring until late autumn without interruption. The idea is to avoid having to feed your bees to overcome a shortage or to move your hives. Bees drink water in quantities that are difficult to suspect: a colony consumes about
50 L of water during the summer season!
It is therefore necessary to ensure that there is a drinking trough nearby, because even if the bees can travel long distances, the idea is to save them comings and goings, and therefore fatigue.
Remember to put some anti-drowning rafts, like corks cut in 2, or pebbles...
Depending on the season, you have to protect your hives and their inhabitants from different discomforts.
In summer, the problem can come from the sun. Of course, bees need sun: sunny days are the days when they are most active because the flowers are fully open, easy to spot by their smell, and the flight conditions are optimal. But too much sun can overheat the hive and its contents. The ideal is therefore to place a small overhang of the roof above the hives and better still, plants to create shade in summer (if they lose their leaves in winter to let the sun pass, that's perfect!)
During the bad days, it will be necessary to protect the hives too. Bees, especially black bees, have little fear of the cold, but they have difficulty fighting against wind and humidity. Humidity is the source of many health problems. So make sure that your location is away from the prevailing winds, put a waterproof roof on your hives, and raise them from the ground with a solid, stable base, but which keeps the bottom of the hive airy.
Finally, so that your bees can take advantage of the first rays of the sun early and go and collect the nectar from the earliest flowers, orient your hives towards the East as much as possible. The quieter the bees are, the calmer and more productive they will be. Choose a location away from crowded areas.