The Homestead Radio Hour: Natural Beekeeping with Janet Brisson

<p>On this month&#39;s edition of the Homestead Radio Hour: natural beekeeping expert Janet Brisson talks with us about keeping bees without harsh chemicals, using natural and non-toxic methods. She brought these photos to illustrate her techniques.</p>

<p>Drone cells, brood cells, and natural brood cells all vary in size &mdash; natural beekeeping allows the bees to build their own comb. This small-cell comb reduces mite levels and allows the bees to build their hive naturally: <img alt="" src="http://bhranch.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/1-natural-cell-frame.jpg" style="width: 80%; height: 80%;" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p>

<p>Measuring the cell size: <img alt="" src="http://bhranch.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/2-natural-cell-small-cell.jpg" style="width: 80%; height: 80%; clear:left;" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Drone comb in the space at the bottom of this frame:&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://bhranch.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/3drone-brood-medum-plastic-fo... style="width: 80%; height: 80%; " /></p>
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<p>Mites inside drone cells:</p>

<p><img alt="" src="http://bhranch.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/4-varoa-mites-in-drone-brood-... style="width: 80%; height: 80%; " /></p><p>&nbsp;</p>

<p>An uncapping fork is used to remove and inspect larvae:</p><p><img alt="" src="http://bhranch.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/7-drone-brood-1.jpg" style="width: 80%; height: 80%; " /></p>

<p>&nbsp;</p><p>Powdered-sugar shake to remove and count mites:</p>

<p><img alt="" src="http://bhranch.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/12powdered-sugar-shake.jpg" style="width: 337px; height: 447px; " /></p>

<p>&nbsp;</p><p>Dusting the bees with powdered sugar to remove mites:</p>

<p><img alt="" src="http://bhranch.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/11-shifting-powdered-sugar.jpg" style="width: 60%; height: 60%; " /></p>