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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

The Thinking Beekeeper

Author : Christy Hemenway
ISBN : 9781550925111
Genre : Gardening
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Give bees a chance - the complete how-to and why-to for keeping bees in top-bar hives
Category: Gardening

Keeping Bees With A Smile

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ISBN : 0865719276
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Category: Technology & Engineering

Beekeeping For Dummies

Author : Howland Blackiston
ISBN : 9781119310068
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Everything you need to 'bee' a successful backyard beekeeper If you've ever thought about becoming a backyard beekeeper—or have already tried a hand at it and want to be better one—then this is the book for you! In Beekeeping for Dummies, 4th Edition you'll find everything you need to know in order to start your own colony, including how to assemble and maintain beehives, handle every phase of honey production, purchase and use all the latest tools, and what to do beyond your first season. This hands-on guide provides all the tools, tips, tricks, and techniques needed to become a real backyard beekeeper. You'll learn to identify the queen from her workers and drones, properly open and close the hive, distinguish one type of honey from another, and preserve your colony if disaster should strike. Keep bees on a small urban rooftop or in a large country yard Assemble your own hive and sustain it for years to come Safely inspect and manage your colony Harvest and sell your own honey Becoming a backyard beekeeper isn't as hard as people think—and with this hands-on guide, you'll be able to create one honey of a colony that will have the neighbors buzzing.
Category: Technology & Engineering

Beekeeping For Beginners

Author : Erin Morrow
ISBN : 9781681270920
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Are you looking into going into the beekeeping business? Do you know anything about bees and how they are related to honey? This book will be a guide for you into the world of the bees and their hives.
Category: Technology & Engineering

Top Bar Beekeeping

Author : Les Crowder
ISBN : 9781603584616
Genre : Nature
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Discusses top-bar hives as an organic approach to raising bees without antibiotics, miticides, and other chemicals, and reviews the basics of beekeeping and how to manage the hive through the seasons.
Category: Nature

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