Ross Conrad discusses Natural Beekeeping

Ros Conrad is the author of Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture. The various chemicals used in beekeeping have, for the past decades, held Varroa Destructor, a mite, and other major pests at bay, but chemical resistance is building and evolution threatens to overtake the best that laboratory chemists have to offer. In fact, there is evidence that chemical treatments are making the problem worse. Natural Beekeeping flips the script on traditional approaches by proposing a program of selective breeding and natural hive management. Conrad brings together the best organic and natural approaches to keeping honeybees healthy and productive. Readers will learn about nontoxic methods of controlling mites, eliminating American foulbrood disease (without the use of antibiotics), breeding strategies, and many other tips and techniques for maintaining healthy hives. Specific concepts and detailed management techniques are covered in a matter-of-fact, easy-to-implement way. Natural Beekeeping describes opportunities for the seasoned professional to modify existing operations, increase profits, and eliminate the use of chemical treatments. Beginners will need no other book to guide them. Whether you are an experienced apiculturist looking for ideas to develop an integrated pest management approach or someone who wants to sell honey at a premium price, this is the book you’ve been waiting for.


questforbalance says:

great video thanks:)

gigolojoerodrigez says:

wouldn’t a mite strip run the risk of catching bees on it too? or is it a dodgy chemical releaser?

LightOne61 says:

love it..I have the book he wrote, in fact my first bee book……I feed my bees honey and try to emulate his directions for chemical free, immune compromising treatments…what a great thing….God gave the Honey Bee…we should steward them wisely with care in love and thanksgiving.

stud1664 says:

not really…….  i was worried in the first 2 mins but then he made a fair amount of sense there after….

guitarthroat says:

full of shit…..treehugging

sparrowvido says:

Next time you feel the need to throw insults around, why not look in a mirror? Or perhaps you might consider the idea of not making any comments if you have nothing useful to say…

sparrowvido says:

Ross Conrad talks about small cell foundation at length in his book, Natural Beekeeping.

sparrowvido says:

Wonderful video; I love the way Ross explains his beekeeping philosophy. He is an inspiration to those of us trying to keep honeybees without exploiting and poisoning them.

guitarthroat says:

And as far as migratory beekeepers going to the southern US during the winter to raise queens, most of the same arrogant assholes that talk all this shit about how the migratory guys spread diseases are calling the very same guys to buy queens for their hives in the north. It’s funny shit when I catch hypocrites saying this. I assumed nothing…YOU DID. I wasn’t even talking to you and you obviously took it personally. A total stranger online? Seriously? Get a life.

guitarthroat says:

I never said you didn’t whomever you are. The individual in this video says he doesn’t. and I have the right to disagree with his opinion about “natural” beekeeping. In my own experience, I have encountered several other beekeepers that were braggadocios about using absolutely no medicines or mite strips. And each time, I heard from them later that they lost so many of their hives, that they either went under or it set them back several years and several thousand dollars.

tradernorton05 says:

Hey asswipe, what makes you think I dont treat for pests and diseases?
Assuming things about others makes you look even more stupid than you already are.
Dont even bother replying.


Dude maybe the bee’s kept flying around you because you sat next to a hive, and it had nothin to do with what sitting bull said!!

workwithnature says:

It,s in the spring when mine eat the most, plenty of pollen too. Mine eat very little in-till then. But by god they do need it then.

workwithnature says:

Ah the bees the bees

tradernorton05 says:

Bees depend on honey as their main source of food during the winter. My bees eat about 70lbs of honey each winter.

phillmytube says:

Bees eat mostly pollen not honey. Bees feed the brood honey! A good beekeeper knows this.

GOP4USA says:

I’ve been watching so many YouTube video on bee keeping and your comments and approach is so genuine and pure. It was very refreshing. Please post more videos

Mrmizilplix says:

Thank you Ross for yor video’s and the book!
I think it’s one of the best books out. Tons of great info.

72DBRONCO says:

I will buy that book. I have an interest in keeping bees in the future, and you better bet I’m gonna do it the right way. Thank you for posting the video!

MzProgressive says:

Good for you for feeding your bees honey!
Have you investigated the idea that introducing “small cell” frames are more “organic” for bees as well? I’ve heard the commercial wax “frames” are too big and tend to make bigger bees that have less resistance to problems. Any comment?

sunnykintyre says:

I like the way you see the bee, what do you think of the top bar hive? do you think it would be less stressfull.

LaCelestia says:

Mr. Ross Conrad is so handsome!

Netsumer says:

Thank you !

The best four minutes I have ever heard concerning Bee’s. The care and concern is paramount.


menderfire9 says:

You said it when you said, “Not treating them as a cog in a machine.” That way we are in tune with where they are at, what they need or don’t need. Like being in tune with our own bodies. We are all one with everything. Thanks for this video. I want to start keeping feral bees and do it the natural way. I will look for your book .

kuragxo says:

Thanks for placing this online. Through conrad’s book, I started keeping bees this year.

kuragxo says:

Thanks. After reading Conrad’s book last year I finally took up beekeeping

fotohogger says:

Great attitude, great video. I to wish to keep honeybees as naturally as possible. Thank you for sharing this. Currently keeping 6 hives in city and 4 in rural area.

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