Honeybees help us in many ways that we are not even aware of. After all, the honeybee is the producer of one of the...
Warning: If you are looking for answers how to easily take better care about bees, you cannot ignore these facts!
Bees have existed on our planet for over 150 million 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 beekeepers and that would have a catastrophic impact on the entire ecosystem.
Our vision is to create a system of ecological beekeeping without the use of any chemicals. In a way which would be sustainable. Currently we look after hundreds of honey bee colonies.
Each one is being monitored with our latest technology. Technology we use is specifically designed to help the beekeepers. The beekeeper gains a complete overview of the 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 around even during honey flow and gives you maximum benefits.
The technology is designed to be affordable for anyone. No setup, no configuration needed.
Weight of a hive(hourly, daily, weekly and monthly gain or loss)
Temperature and humidity inside and outside the hive gives you information about the strength of the colony
Atmospheric pressure gives you information about the weather
Number of bees in the colony and presence of the queen.Queen alert is for the beekeeper crucial.
Theft alertand damage alert by animals or the wind
Swarming predictionis calculated from the bee noise frequency (3 weeks before, 2 weeks before, 1 week before)
Battery Life is one to five years.
Comparison of colony strength and productivity
Do you know what your bees are doing during the winter?
This is the bee response to the New Year's Eve 2017 fireworks.
This is a bee robbery. From 73kg to 33kg during 8 hours.
Our project is supported by tens of thousands of people who are helping thousands of bee 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 place. You will learn how effectively navigate in the maze of confusing opinions, so that you do not lose any more colonies, so it does not cost you a lot of money, and you do not have to read another book, which still would not bring any results.
Problems with the queen
Unknown death of the queen, unwillingness to adopt a new queen, inability to raise their own queen, loss of the queen and the appearance of laying workers, knowing the time when the queen started to produce
Problems with bee behavior
Susceptibility to robbing, tendency to swarm, aggression towards people, aggression during beekeeper interventions, reluctance to build combs
Low honey production, when, what and how much to feed, how to stimulate, does the honey flow already happening?
Problems with diseases
Persistent varroa destructor problems, when and how to treat?
Winter deaths or deaths during the year, late spring development, hives remained damaged after a 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
Chemical agricultural sprays, problems of migrating beekeepers
It doesn't matter what climate you have the bees in, or how good is the year, 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 the fault of the climate change, try one more experiment, to convince yourself about the opposite. There is always HOPE.
It is unbelievable, what kind of lies and myths are promoted, which are spread by some organizations, beekeepers, but also the general public. It's happening despite the fact, that a huge amount of research has been conducted on bees and their breeding. It's sad, that despite of the fact, that bees are living here for 150 million years, they 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 in winter as much warmth as possible in winter. During the summer, they need protection from sun overheating, so they do not have to cool so much and can produce more honey without being weakened. Beekeepers who have uninsulated hives say their bees don't mind. And what is the real truth? Research confirms that bees really 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 can easily be minus temperatures. Don't worry about what type of hive you have. Important is how well can you work with what you’ve got?
FACT:Many bee owners believe that swarming queens carry some genetic material, which causes that the bees are prone to swarm. Extensive research on this topic has shown that this is not true. There was no measurable tendency of bees to swarm from queens, which swarmed.
FACT: Beekeepers try to breed mild queens, and on the other hand, the prevailing claim is that hives with mild mothers do not produce as much honey as more aggressive ones. No research has shown any dependence of the honey production on the mood of the bee colonies.
FACT:Beekeepers try not to open bee hives during the 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 would look into the hive, the cold disturbance will cause, that the bees will surely perish. However, bees are relatively active during this period. They don't mind a brief look into the hive at all, even when it's -10˚C outside. What the bees really disturbs is shaking. They react to it with excitement and if it lasts too long, they can disrupt the winter cluster. Then the bees spread around the hive and freeze.
FACT:Beekeepers say that bees will starve if there are too many in one area. They claim that the country is overpopulated with bees 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 greedy beekeeper, who takes all their honey during the honey harvest. If it happens at a time when the bees have no more place 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 with 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 pediatrician, who should diagnose your children based on your description. It is important that you understand the bees and that you can objectively measure what is happening with 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 manage. They bring enough nectar to survive through the winter, breed their own offspring and a new queen, 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 cured! You have to help them get rid of a parasite called varoa destructor. This parasite was brought from India by people and spread throughout the world, and now beekeepers must learn to live with it.
Bees are not humans and they don’t think like humans. Bees can sacrifice themselves for the benefit of the entire bee colony. They accept one ruler and do not grumble about lot of work. They work hard from the first day when they are born, 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 the brain weight vs. the weight of the whole organism, the bee colony wins entirely.
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. He can’t diagnose the real 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.
„Only after I had a look at this system, I understood what I was doing wrong and how I was wrong about what my bees needed. If you want to understand what your bees think and what you should do not to harm them, I definitely recommend trying the 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, I just look at the graphs in the application and I know exactly what my bees would 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 often smaller and they don’t have any 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 care only about what they 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.
Internal temperature, External temperature
Internal humidity, External humidity
Status of batteries
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