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Though based on a hive with a very long history, the Bienenkiste is still relatively new; many traditional beekeepers are thus unfamiliar with the concept and/or have no first-hand experience with the hive. In the past this has led to the dissemination online and among beekeepers of some misperceptions and, in part, even vigourous criticisms of the Bienenkiste concept. This is naturally unsettling to novice beekeepers, who lack the experience to factually assess such statements.
There are, however, a few criteria by which one can at least make a rough assessment of the impartiality and trustworthiness of the sources of such criticisms:
Are economic interests at work?
The Bienenkiste is a low-budget, pro bono project under the auspices of a non-profit organisation. There are apparently those who view this as a threat to their own business model.
Is the critic really familiar with the hive?
Many preconceptions and misconceptions are simply due to a lack of firsthand knowledge or experience with the Bienenkiste hive. Beekeepers are often only familiar with one type of hive or method for keeping bees (e.g. the Langstroth hive, etc.) and are unfamiliar with the beekeeping methods based on natural comb (no foundation) or working with the swarm instinct.
Is the critic familiar with and/or sympathetic to the specific objectives on which the Bienenkiste is based?
The hive was developed for the (mostly younger) part-time beekeeper whose primary motivation for keeping bees is a love of nature. The conventional beekeeper typically produces honey to be sold and is often of or near retirement age (at least in Germany). Traditional beekeeping organisations tend to place a greater emphasis on maximising production, whereas the Bienenkiste hive falls more readily into the category of natural ecology and nature conservation - a collision of two different worlds...
See for yourself! Take advantage of the Bienenkiste Network to find a nearby Bienenkiste beekeeper who's willing to share his or her own experiences. (We do not edit these hands-on accounts; the authors are free to describe their own experiences as they see fit.)
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Skepticism of experienced beekeepers
Experienced beekeepers unfamiliar with the Bienenkiste hive initially may try to understand it in terms of the methods they are most familiar with: Langstroth removable frames and supers. This is not a wise approach.
Not suitable for beginners
One of the most oft-heard refrains from those unfamiliar with the Bienenkiste hive goes something like this: It's not for beginners, there are easier approaches, keeping bees in Langstroth-type hives is just as easy...
Further (critical) questions are addressed in the FAQ:
Is a reliable and safe treatment against the varroa mite possible?
The horizontal design - somehow "unnatural"?
Does tipping the hive make the bees aggressive?
What about comb renewal?
Inspections for brood diseases
Price of the hive
Mistakes, misfortunes, & mishaps
Murphy's Law says...
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[Hinweis: KMP hat den Beitrag zuletzt am vor 6 Jahren, 2 Monaten geändert.]