Warning: If you are looking for answers to questions on how to better bee care, you cannot ignore these facts!
Bees have existed on our planet for over 150 millions of years. Human intervention into the ecosystem has caused that the European honey bees can no longer survive on their own.
They have become endangered species in our region. They would go extinct without the care of a beekeeper, which would have catastrophic impact on the entire ecosystem.
Our vision is to create a system of ecological beekeeping without the use of chemicals. In a way which is sustainable. Currently we tend to hundreds of honey bee colonies.
Each one is being monitored with the latest technologies. Technology we use is specifically made to help beekeepers. The beekeeper gains complete overview of health and productivity of his hives.
Thanks to this technology, interventions, which would be unnecessary, aren’t needed. It is 100% biological, 100% residue-free, harmless for the bees, easy to use, usable all year round even in honey flow and gives you maximum impact.
Technology is designed to be affordable for anyone, no setup, no configuration needs.
Weight of a hive (hourly, daily, weekly and monthly gain or loss)
Temperature and humidity inside and outside of a hive gives you information about strength of colony
Atmospheric pressure gives you information about weather
Number of bees in the colony and presence of queen. Queen alert is crucial for a beekeeper.
Theft alert and damage alert by animals or wind
Swarming prediction is calculated from bee sound (3 week before, 2 week before, 1 week before)
Battery Life is from 1 to 5 years
Compare colony strength and productivity
Do you know what your bees are doing during the winter?
This is New Year's Eve 2017 bee response to fireworks.
This is bee robbery. From 73kg to 33kg during 8 hours.
Our project is supported by tens of thousands of people and they helps thousands of bees colonies.
Some of you just can't contribute, but that doesn't mean you can't help:
If you are reading this article right now because you can't answer some questions about beekeeping, then you are in the right. You will learn how to be effectively navigate in a web of confusing opinions so that you do not lose any more hives, that it does not cost you a lot of money, and that you do not have to read another book, which still would not bring any results.
Problems with the mother
Unknown death of mother, unwillingness to adopt a mother, inability to raise their own mother, loss of mother and the formation of trumpets when the mother began to produce
Problems with bee behavior
Susceptibility to looting, tendency to swarm, aggression towards people, aggression during beekeeper interventions, reluctance to build combs
Small honey production, when, which and how much to feed, how to stimulate, already carry nectar?
Problems with diseases
Persistent tick problems, when to treat?
Deaths in winter or during the year, late spring development, hives remained damaged after the storm, how do I find out if they are safe during the winter
Which type of hive to choose, what frame size to use, insulated or uninsulated hive
Sprays of farmers, problems with beekeepers who travel/p>
It doesn't matter what climate you have the bees in, or how good the year is, or what your hives and equipment are. It doesn't even matter what line of bees you have. Before you give up and start arguing that it's meant to be, that it’s fault of the climate change, try this one more experiment, to convince you otherwise. There is always HOPE.
It is unbelievable that the myths that are being spread by some organizations, beekeepers, but also the general public are still being promoted. This is despite the fact that a huge amount of research has been conducted on bees and their breeding. Sadly, bees have lived here for 150 million years and are now literally an endangered species. At the beginning of the twentieth century, one beekeeper was able to take care of 500 hives, and today most beekeepers have difficulty managing even 50.
FACT: Some beekeepers use insulated hives, others uninsulated. The two groups are constantly debating what is better. Insulated hives are larger, heavier, and more difficult to maintain. Uninsulated hives have poorer thermal insulation. Beekeepers with insulated hives argue that bees need to keep as much heat as possible in winter. In the summer, they need protection from overheating from the sun so that they do not have to cool so much and can produce more honey and not weaken themselves. Beekeepers who have uninsulated hives say their bees don't mind. And what is the real truth? Research confirms that bees do not care. In winter, they do not heat the entire hive area at all, they only heat the cluster, into which they retract, and outside it can easily be the negative temperature. Don't worry about what type of hive you have. What is important is, that you can work well with it.
FACT: Many bee owners believe that swarmed mothers carry genetic material, which causes a tendency to swarm. Extensive research on this topic has shown that this is not true. There was no measurable tendency for bees to swarm from mothers, that swarmed.
FACT: Beekeepers try to breed mild mothers, and on the other hand, the prevailing claim is that hives with mild mothers do not produce as much honey as more aggressive hives. No research has shown any dependence of honey production on the mood of bee colonies.
FACT: Beekeepers try not to open bees during winter. In the period from about the end of August to March of the following year, they basically have no idea what is happening to the bees. Beekeepers feel that if they look at the hive, the cold disturbance will be such that the bees will perish 100%. However, bees are relatively active during this period. They don't mind a brief look at the hive at all, even when it's -10˚C out. What the bees really disturb are the shocks. They react to them with excitement and if they last too long, they can disrupt the winter cluster. Then the bees spread around the hive and freeze.
FACT: Beekeepers say bees will starve if there are too many in a one area. They claim that the country is overpopulated and that it has an impact on honey production. But the reality is that there are apiaries where there are several thousand hives in one place. The bees can cover an area of 100 million m2 around their hive, so there is virtually no risk of overcrowding. What could be the problem is rather the greed of the beekeeper, who takes all their honey during the honey harvest. If at a given time the bees have nowhere to carry nectar from, then they really are starving.
FACT: An experienced beekeeper can advise you, but it is very difficult for him. He doesn't know your bees, he doesn't know what you've done to them and he doesn't know how they behaved over time. Hives are a complex organism and it is important to know the whole context. It's like coming to the doctor and he would diagnose your children based on your description. It is important that you understand the bees and that you can objectively measure what is happening to them.
FACT: People, and even beekeepers, think that caring for bees is challenging. It is widely accepted that it is time consuming, costs a lot of money and requires a lot of experience and theoretical knowledge. This view prevails for three reasons:
1. People are afraid of bees,
2. People do not understand the life of bees,
3. Beekeepers make incorrect interventions in hives.
The reality is that caring for bees is easier than caring for pets or poultry. If you don't hurt them, they can handle themselves. They bring enough nectar to survive through winter, breed their own offspring and a new mother, build new combs and even create at least one new beehive that will find new refuge. The only thing has changed since the 1980s. Bees need to be treated! You have to get them rid of a parasite called varoa destructor. This parasite was brought by people from India and spread throughout the world, and now beekeepers must learn to live with it.
Bees are not humans and do not think like humans. Bees can sacrifice themselves for the benefit of the entire bee colony. They accept one ruler and do not ask even when there is a lot of work. From the first day they are born they work and do not end until they die. To die they walk out of the hive. The bee has a very small brain, but the whole bee colony has a brain mass comparable to a human brain. And if you calculate the ratio of brain vs. weight of the organism, then the bee colony wins on the full line.
Most bee owners think that bees are just reacting and they need to think for them. In fact, the beekeeper is unable to perceive the complexity of the hive. They can’t diagnose the cause of the problems, and tries to correct only the problems and not the causes. In addition, most of the problems were caused by the beekeeper himself, he just does not realize it, because the complexity of the problem is huge.
„It wasn't until I looked at this system that I understood what I was doing wrong and how I was wrong about what my bees needed. If you want to understand what yours think and what to do so that you don't hurt them, I definitely recommend trying complete monitoring. You will not find anything better in our country or in the world. It's quite simple, understandable even for an absolute beginner."
Dušan H., 50 years old, Košice
„When my bee colonies died, I couldn't keep the tears in my eyes. It hit me all the way and I said to myself that I never want to experience this again. I was lucky to find this system of bee care and now I know that it's just about me and that it's up to me to have prosperous bees or beggars. I definitely recommend it to everyone - this monitoring will definitely help."
Elena M., 42 years old, Senec
„I am very lucky to have discovered these people. Even at my age, they moved this book even further. Although I am not technically and computer savvy, my grandchildren helped me with the installation. Now I know exactly how to treat bees at different stages of their lives. And yet it's so simple, just see the graphs in the application and I know exactly what my bees like."
Peter G., 74 years old, Spišské Podhradie
My name is Peter Kočalka and I am a professional beekeeper. However, I am not just an ordinary commercial beekeeper, I am interested in organic beekeeping and I always need to understand their behavior. Not only do thousands of people already support my approach, but I have developed procedures for bee care and monitoring, which not only helps beekeepers, but also serves to collect scientific data.
Our normal price for hive scale starts at 129€ and beekeepers told us why we have such a low price. The standard price of some manufacturers is 280€. Although the functionality of their weights is smaller and they have no experience with bees and what the beekeeper needs. Now you can pay a small part of this amount and get a free online application for your mobile phone. I believe that bee care should be simple and affordable. Through our monitoring, I want to make this possible for all beekeepers around the world. Imagine you have bees you don't have to worry about. They make you happy and you only care about what you need. It's almost like they're communicating with you. Just imagine. Finally, you have the whole thing under control and if something goes wrong, you can find out why. No more sadness, no more swarming bees, no more frustrations and embarrassing situations.
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