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Beehaus: A modern apiary


Are bees the new chickens? They may not eat your leftovers and fertilize your backyard with droppings, but they have been disappearing, giving beekeeping an attractive green sheen. So perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised that Omlet, the British design team behind the brightly colored Eglu (a chicken coop that looks like an iMac), has just come out with Beehaus, an apiary that looks like a brightly colored miniature tanning bed. Cute? Sort of. Manageable? Definitely. Expensive? Yes.

The Beehaus costs $765 plus $95 for shipping. The company makes each product to order, and you won't find it in stores. Still, the publicist assures me that the response from beekeepers has been fantastic. "It's not only very stylish, but a very practical way to keep happy bees."

For more information call (866) 653-8872 or go to the Omlet website.

-- Deborah Netburn

Photo courtesy of Omlet

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Beekeeping for yuppies? A pretty nice, but very expensive rig for urban beekeeping? It also looks pretty small for a well established hive, able to produce a lot of brood and honey?

A full set of 3-4 standard stacking hive supers, frames, tops, and bottoms, which are easy to work, will only set you back only about $200...... And, some folks will sell you a full starter beekeeping kit, including supers, frames, hive tool, hood, gloves, and the smoker for about $200?

Note, that some cities outlaw hives, but most don't. And, some cities will harass hive owners using nuicanse abatement laws, if neighbors have serious complaints. So I just don't let many folks, who don't need to, know that we have an urban hive.

It isn't really a problem keeping an urban hive, Italian bees are very gentile, you can even feed them honey of of your finger, if they are used to people. There are also plenty of Africanized hives in the urban environment, flying around people all the time, and mostly not bothering anyone, who isn't a threat to their hive.

But, be aware that some folks can be very "bee phobic", largely out of fear and/or ignorance. People also have an exagerated fear of an allergic reaction to bee stings, and a few actually are allergic. So proper placement of your hive in a place that is quiet, out of the way, and allows the bees to disperse easily is a good practice to minimize conflicts.

Beware, that bee's can be a legitimate problem, if hives are too close to neighboring swimming pools, where they are attracted for water (the chlorine is bad for the bee's, too!).

With the yuppie model, or the standard hive, it's a lot of fun, makes for an incredible garden, and the neighborhood kids love to see them-they all saw the Bee movie.........

Every one who can should keep bees for oh so many reasons, but NOT in an OVER PRICED toxic-off-gassing PLASTIC hive! It is not natural! The way bees ARE currently being kept is comparable to how chickens are abused in factory farms and this coupled with other factors is contributing to their die off. Rudolph Steiner (founder of Biodynamics, & Waldorf education ) predicted this current decline in 1923. The best info on HOLISTIC beekeeping I have discovered is: www.bushfarms./bees.htm


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