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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (January 10, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882668617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882668611
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Whether you're a beginning beekeeper or one with a season or two of experience, Richard Bonney tells you how to keep bees, not just have them. This new book by the acclaimed author of Hive Management offers vital, up-to-date information about how to:

-- Acquire bees

-- Install a colony

-- Manage a hive

-- Take a crop of honey

-- Prevent and treat Varroa and tracheal mites

-- Learn about Africanized bees

About the Author

A beekeeper for over 13 years, author Richard E. Bonney owns Charlemont Apiaries in Charlemont, Massachusetts. He has authored two books, Hive Management and Beekeeping. Richard is a beekeeping teacher at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He was named the Massachusetts Extension Specialist-Apiculture in 1991 and writes regularly about beekeeping.


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It was an easy read and very informative.
Jim Olson
I found Richard Bonney's book to be a great read for those who are interested in getting into beekeeping.
Jesse Anderson
I appreciated Mr. Bonney's opinions and lack of wishy-washy caveats.
Thomas J. Keeling

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
"Beekeeping - a practical guide" is is exactly what it says it is. It presents the facts of beekeeping in a way that fascinate you with the wonders of the hobby and mixes in the pitfalls that would, stated alone, send you away disappointed if you are are a beginner like me. By the time you finish reading the book and have weighed all of the information, the truly interested reader will be looking for another book to expand on all of the points Richard Bonney presents and also planning thier first colony. Good Luck.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Keeling on February 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
Mr. Bonney's Book was an easy read. I read it in 3 evenings. The 'Practical Guide' is just that - a 'Road Map'. I appreciated Mr. Bonney's opinions and lack of wishy-washy caveats. I did not find the short-falls another reviewer found.
I appreciate the Tables that present the Data and capsulize that Data or Information. For example, I finished the Book, went on line, Yahooed 'Beekeeping', found some vendors and successfully prepared a 'general' or 'ballpark' budget based on recommended hive dimensions, clothing and so on - in less than 30 minutes!
My demeanor is such that I prefer to make my own decisions and Mr. Bonney clearly stated when he held a view where others differed. This is not a 'my way or the highway' Book.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
A very good starter book, but still needs more precise detail. For example, warns of swarms and to watch for, but does not say "what" to watch for. Assumes reader knows something about bees and their habits. I do not. Am a beginner from the word go, and need more information than this books holds. However, a good addition to the home collection.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mark Amerman on April 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
I've read "Beekeeping: A Practical Guide" from cover to cover and I enjoyed

reading it. The author has a kind of subdued humor that I particularly like

and the instructions on how to treat the hive seemed quite complete. In

fact using this book as a guide I installed three hives yesterday morning.

After that experience I realized that there were two things left out that the

author should have included. Perhaps if there's another edition he will

add them.

First, there needs to be an explanation of the consequences of being

stung and not flicking the stinger out. If one does not do this the stinger

will work its way down under the skin and become irretrievable. Then

that whole stinger becomes something the body reacts against. Bonney

accurately stated that for many people bee stings are no big deal and

at the same time asserted that one should immediately flick the stinger

out. All this is quite accurate. What was left out was an explanation

of the consequences though of not more or less immediately getting that

stinger out.

On the third hive I was stung multiple times and lost track of where

all the stings were. At the time the stings hurt a lot for a minute

or two and then faded to insignificance. Now almost twenty-four hours

later I know exactly where each stinger is that I failed to flick out.

And it has dawned on me that this painful reaction is going to persist

for many days.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey on April 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is more than a "how-to," beginner's guide to beekeeping: it is a homage to a remarkable creature. The author's comprehensive knowledge and admiration for the fuzzy little guys is evident on every page. His advice is practical and free of mushy sentiment. A lovely book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Anderson on December 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
I found Richard Bonney's book to be a great read for those who are interested in getting into beekeeping. The language of the book is clear and effective in communicating what a new keeper can expect to deal with in their first season of beekeeping. The book does not get bogged down in onerus details, but provides an effective general overview.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lloyd on March 24, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I own a few books and videos about beekeeping. This was the last book that I purchased. I wish I had found it first. It's the only one that I needed
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By Chris H. on June 4, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I didn't give this book a better rating because the author is very negative. The first chapter starts out by saying that bee keeping is not for you. There are alot of negative comments in this book. When starting a new hobby I wanted encouragement not discouragement.
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