One day during his tenure as a professor, Albert Einstein was visited by a student. “The questions on this year’s exam are the same as last year’s!” the young man exclaimed.
“Yes,” Einstein answered, “but this year all the answers are different.”

As Beekeepers today we may feel that we are in a similar situation. Colony management that was previously successful may no long work! Unexpected losses of colonies have been eating up our profit margin. We’ve been making increase like crazy each spring, only see some fail to build, or crash during fall or winter. A magical circle without end and final destination. It is always easy to blame the pesticides and other agricultural activates as the only reason for the bee decline and dye outs in our apiary. Is there anything else ? 

We believe that the present loss in vitality and reduced capability of survival of the honeybee is not only caused by conventional agricultural practices with their monocultures and poisons, but also by our attempt of making beekeeping as profitable as possible which has driven and shaped our practices for over 100 years.

Macedonian Honey was founded in the certainty that there can be a better future for the honeybees. At this time, with Colony Collapse Disorder and a host of illnesses, mites and beetles undermining the bees' health and endangering their survival, we have to think of them as patients in the emergency room – and we must start by asking the right questions. Instead of focusing on how much honey we can get from the bees we must ask what can be done to protect, strengthen and heal them. At Macedonian Honey we do not focus on viruses, bacteria, fungi – these are usually the symptoms of a deeper problem and only take over when an organism is weakened.


Our work is based on the following principles:

  1. NO STRESS- We dont disturb the bees too often, instead, we open the hives only three times in a season, in spring, summer and autumn for inspection, harvesting and treatment. - Intense observation of the honeybees' behavior, at the entrance, in the hive and out in the field , Beekeeping methods respecting the bees innate needs , Swarming is recognized as the natural form of colony reproduction
  2. NO CHEMICALS, NO ACIDS - We don’t use chemicals, acids, antibiotics, or harsh treatments of any kind. During the season we are not using any aditional feeding of the colonies with sugar. - Diversified plantings of annual and perennial forage, some of which must have medicinal qualities, Finding essential oils capable of strengthening the bees' immune system , Non-invasive mite reduction methods
  3. ONLY NATURAL MATERIALS - We only use natural materials inside the hives. -  Inventing a hive that supports the bees' need for nest scent and nest warmth

We designed the beehive (ElleHive) for which we believe that "Conforms to the natural habits of the bees and make work of the beekeeper easier"

  • Made from wood (thickness min. 50mm in the brood compartment)
  • No artificial materials for construction of hive and frames (wire, wax foundation…)
  • Deep brood frame for better development of the colony
  • Width of the frame that conforms to the size of natural bee cluster
  • Vertical extension of the colony during the season with honey storage frame
  • Separate entrances for the nursery bees and nectar collecting bees
  • Additional insulation space above the colony in the winter
  • Two colonies overwinter separated by thin wall placed near to each other (better circulation of heat inside two colonies)
  • Movable bottom
  • Adjusting the available space for one colony with adding thin walls
  • Creating young colonies with dividing the space of the hive and separating entrances.
  • Creating the queen nurseries with separating the space of the beehive
  • Up to 4 colonies in one hive during the season (march-august)
  • Frame management – not bodies (easy to carry on the steep mountain)
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Address: Ehloec, 41A  
Phone: +38971756021
info@macedonianhoney.com