Natural Beehives for Modern Beekeepers
Bee Thinking is the world's first beekeeping supplier specializing in foundationless Top Bar Hives, Warre hives, and Langstroth Hives made from sustainably-harvested wood. We focus on providing our customers with high-quality, sustainably built products at reasonable prices.
All of our beehives are crafted at our mill in Portland, Oregon using kiln dried Western Red Cedar and sugar pine from the Pacific Northwest. We use these same products in our own apiaries and we love to pass on our knowledge of natural beekeeping to beekeepers new and old.
We take pride in the hives that we build and are dedicated to supporting our customers and our products. If you have special instructions regarding your order, or if you have questions regarding hive management and beekeeping, please let us know by phone, e-mail or in person at our retail location in Portland, Oregon.
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The foremost objective of foundationless beekeeping is to provide honeybees with the ideal environment in which to thrive by drawing upon their inherent behavior and methods. To foster this, the beekeeper must immerse his or her mind in a wide range of bee-related information such as: bee life cycles and biology, beekeeping history, hive designs, colony management, and innumerable other honeybee related topics. Without this knowledge, it is unlikely that the keeper, or their bees, will have a successful endeavor.
In addition to book knowledge, it is of utmost importance that beekeepers spend time observing their bees; not fussing with them, dousing them with chemicals, moving them around, marking them or otherwise incessantly pestering them, but simply watching them. One can learn a tremendous amount about the health and strength of the colony simply by watching the entrance.
We don’t use or endorse the use of chemicals in the hive whatsoever. We are focused on giving bees a healthy environment, and promoting healthy genes. In our own apiaries, colonies that succumb to Varroa or other pests and diseases are not increased the next season. Those that survive, we split from and increase our stock.
Bees have been thriving without human intervention for thousands of years. As backyard and hobby beekeepers, let's let them do what they do best in a healthy environment, and allow them to satisfy their own colony's needs by relying upon the myriad of abilities they inherently already have.
If you have questions or comments about our philosophy, please feel free to contact us.