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Natural Beekeeping With The Warr Hive

Author : David Heaf
ISBN : 1908904380
Genre : Nature
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"Keeping bees in a more natural way is growing in popularity throughout the world. Older hive designs are being reappraised, and methods that have been used for over a century are being questioned. The People's Hive of Abbé Émile Warré (1867-1951) is one of the older designs that beekeepers find particularly attractive. Several commercial honey producers have already adapted it to fir their needs. Warréone-size box with top-bars, natural comb and insulting quilt, create ideal conditions for colony vitality and survival, as well as reducing consumption of honey stores in winter. The hive is now used worldwide in climates ranging from the tropics to the taïga."--Page 4 of cover.
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Natural Beekeeping

Author : Ross Conrad
ISBN : 9781603583626
Genre : Gardening
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Offers an alternative to conventional chemical beekeeping practices with a natural hive management program, and includes information on bee anatomy, urban beekeeping, working with queens, mite control, and hive diseases.
Category: Gardening

Care Of Bees In Warr And Top Bar Hives

Author : Joe Bleasdale
ISBN : 1520888260
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Illustrated with line drawings and colour photographs. The version with full colour photographs is also available from Amazon. _______________________From the review in the international beekeeping magazine, The Beekeepers Quarterly, March 2015: "Over the last few years there has been an increase in interest in alternative beekeeping methods and several books have been published showing how bees can be managed in a more natural and sustainable way, with the beekeeper being encouraged to limit the number of times a colony is disrupted. Joe Bleasdale's new book is a simple and straightforward guide, ideal for both beginners to beekeeping and those new to wanting to manage their bees for the first time using top bar hives. Whilst there are many types of hives in which bees can be kept just using top bars, Joe concentrates on the Warre hive, this being composed of a series of boxes, smaller than conventional hives, which allows for the construction of eight combs in each box, and the Horizontal Hive which usually has enough room for twenty combs.Before going into any management details, Joe gives the reader the main information which is needed as regards the natural history and development of the colony, and throughout the book there are listed typical management tasks which a beekeeper needs to carry out over the year, but in each case his advice and practical instructions are geared to top bar hives.Joe gives a realistic appraisal of the differences between Warre and Horizontal hives, including the drawbacks inherent in each system. Beekeepers often have the idea that bees in top bar hives and sustainable beekeeping etc, mean that they can be more or less left alone to get on with things unaided. Joe firmly dispels this and shows that various interactions between the beekeeper and the colony are needed in order for honey to be harvested (the main goal of beekeeping) and to prevent the issue of swarms which can become a nuisance to neighbours.A very, very important message in the book is that bees are able to deal with varroa if they are given the chance to do so. Indeed, Joe is against the use of chemicals in bee hives and, having not used them for years, he has proved that his system of beekeeping has worked, with healthy colonies being the result.There is a lot of food for thought in this small book which is an excellent introduction to anyone who might be having thoughts on keeping bees in an alternative and chemical-free way."

Care Of Bees On Frame Hives

Author : Joe Bleasdale
ISBN : 1078399867
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There is a growing acceptance among many beekeepers of the principles of minimum intervention and avoidance of chemicals in the hive. Beekeepers with standard frame hives will find their colonies benefit when they care for their bees as described in this book. This will result in reduced stress, happier bees and increased honey crop, sustainably obtained. The Natural Beekeeping movement has gained many followers, people concerned with the plight of bees and their environment, using Top Bar hives (including the Warré) and skeps. With the increased scope and flexibility offered by frame hives they can gain a better understanding of the behaviour of their bees and still adhere to the principles of Natural Beekeeping. I have included a chapter that shows how my methods differ from those conventional practices taught by national beekeeping associations, which I maintain are not beneficial.This book includes a comprehensive guide for those wishing to start beekeeping, with advice on the quickest and cheapest way to start, in the excitement of the swarming season. Many new beekeepers lose their bees because they do not understand them: they may read books on the mystery and magic of bees, but not how to care for a hive of bees.

Balanced Beekeeping Ii Managing The Top Bar Hive

Author : Philip Chandler
ISBN : 9781326497651
Genre : Pets
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If The Barefoot Beekeeper was the harbinger of the 'natural beekeeping' movement, then this is the workshop manual. Together with its companion volume - Balanced Beekeeping I: Building a Top Bar Hive - this book will lead you gently into a fascinating relationship with the most engaging of nature's workers: the honeybee. The author draws on 15 years of experience with many types of hive in the both amateur and professional beekeeping contexts. You will want this book beside you for years to come!
Category: Pets

Harvest Honey The Natural Way

Author : Joe Bleasdale
ISBN : 1723899674
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Many new books have been published about honeybees, talking about the mystery and magic of bees and the hive. Bees are certainly fascinating creatures and an endless subject of study by naturalists and scientists. But for those new to beekeeping it is important to know the basic natural history of the hive, which I provide in the second and third chapters. Many new beekeepers are disappointed when they lose their bees through unintended neglect or errors in hive management. The chapters following describe the observations and actions required of the beekeeper throughout the seasons. The Natural Beekeeping movement is a reaction against what were considered exploitative practices of conventional beekeeping, interfering with the natural and instinctive behaviour of the honey bee. I agree with most Natural Beekeepers that removing so much honey that it has to be replaced by sugar syrup is a form of exploitation of the bees. However, the main purpose for keeping bees in a hive, instead of just allowing them to live as feral colonies in buildings and trees, is to harvest some of their honey. For pollination purposes, bumblebees and other species of bees do a much better job and also bring wider biodiversity to the environment. In this book I aim to show you how to harvest good crops of honey, following the principles of Natural Beekeeping. The reasons behind my approach are given in the first chapter. My advice starts with a set of prohibitions that contradict the general practices of conventional beekeeping:1. Don't be greedy and take off more honey than will sustain the colony throughout the year, feeding sugar syrup to make up for their depleted honey stores. The colony's own honey is better for them than sugar, and the productivity of the hive will be higher, so there will be no need to feed the bees, except in emergency.2. Don't import bees from other regions. Set up your apiary with local bees, gathered from swarms or supplied by local beekeepers. Local bees will be better adapted to the environment and climate, and therefore happier and more productive.3. Don't cull queen cells or drone cells. 4. Don't clip the queen's wing to prevent her leaving with the swarm. These are cruel practices that have little effect in preventing swarms or controlling varroa.5. Don't mark the queen - there is no need to do it and there is a risk of harming her. You can tell if a hive is queenright by the presence of eggs and brood.6. Don't treat hives for varroa. Unlike many conventional beekeepers, who, judging by their journals, are obsessed with varroa, Natural Beekeepers are not worried about it. There is ample evidence to show that bees are evolving to counter varroa by hygienic behaviour, and the beekeeper, by treating varroa, is preventing the evolution of varroa resistant traits.7. Don't use chemicals against varroa. If chemicals harm varroa, they are likely to harm bees - see references below to research papers that support this view.8. Don't do unnecessary disturbance of the hive, it will disrupt the bees efforts to maintain the temperature and air flow in the hive, which is necessary for the developing brood. That is, don't fuss with the bees!9. On a positive note, trust in nature and the bees' adaptability!This book is a revised issue of "Keep Bees without Fuss or Chemicals", updated to include the latest years experiences of my own hives and the body of knowledge gained by beekeepers and scientists in the behaviour of wild or feral bees in colonies that have not been interfered with by man. It covers conventional frame hives, rather than Top Bar hives, which are popular with the growing movement of Natural Beekeepers. These are the subject of my companion book "Care of Bees in Warré and Top Bar Hives": ISBN 978-1-908904-58-4, published by Northern Bee Books, and as a Kindle e-Book and paperback under the same title available from Amazon. © 2018 Joe Bleasdale


Author : Kirsten Bradley
ISBN : 9781760637101
Genre : House & Home
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This beautifully presented book gives readers the nitty-gritty guide for five diverse ways to nourish ourselves from stewarding nature's abundance.' David Holmgren, co-originator of Permaculture 'This book may change your life and your community.' Costa Georgiadis 'Finally, the ultimate self-reliance manual from premier educational facilitator, Milkwood.' Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm 'A joyful guide to how to grow, eat and live in harmony with nature.' Indira Naidoo The skills that we learn bind our lives together. Do you want to know how to grow your own food? Or how to keep bees? How to forage for edible seaweed along the shoreline, or wild greens down by the stream? Maybe you're curious about growing mushrooms or how to grow the perfect tomato. You're invited to make these skills your own. Designed to be read with a pot of tea by your elbow and a notebook beside you, Milkwood is all you need to start living a more home-grown life. From DIY projects to wild fermented recipes, the in-depth knowledge and hands-on instruction contained in these pages will have your whole family fascinated and inspired to get growing, keeping, cooking and making. Milkwood is the name of Kirsten Bradley and Nick Ritar's first farm as well as their school where anyone can learn skills for down-to-earth living. Kirsten, Nick and a team of educators offer courses on topics contained in this book as well as permaculture design, natural building and much more. Kirsten and Nick live on a small regenerative farm near Daylesford, where many things from the sprouted grain they feed their chickens to ingredients that make up dinner is homegrown.
Category: House & Home

The Australian Beekeeping Manual

Author : Robert Owen
ISBN : 9781775592471
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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The book is aimed at both the novice and experienced beekeeper in Australia and explains in detail the steps required to manage colonies of bees. Supported by over 350 photographs and drawings, each action to be performed is explained in detail with photographs showing the steps as well as the final result. Many potential beekeepers are unclear about the equipment they need to buy and how to obtain their first colony of bees. The first chapters in the book explain in detail the equipment needed as well as equipment that may be useful later on as their confidence and experience grows. The chapter ‘Your First Bees’ explains how to obtain bees, where to locate them in the garden, and the basics of colony management. In addition to chapters on keeping bees, there are detailed chapters on the life cycle of the honey bee, extracting honey, the bee-friendly garden, entering honey in competitions, native bees and rearing queens. The result is a comprehensive manual that includes material not available in other Australian, North American or European books and is the ultimate Australian reference source.
Category: Technology & Engineering