Long-term success in beekeeping can only be achieved by understanding the intimate lives, behaviors, and motivations of honey bees -- the factors which govern the life of each colony. Richard Bonney explains the reasons behind common practices that many beekeepers perform without really knowing why. He also stresses when to take timely actions that will prevent problems in future seasons.
Hive Management offers concise, up-to-date information on the whole range of beekeeping tasks, including:
-- How to prevent, control, and capture swarms.
-- What you can tell from an outside inspection of your hives.
-- When and how to "take the crop" and harvest honey.
-- How to successfully requeen -- from handling and marking queens to methods of introducing one into a hive.
-- The problem signs to look for when you open up a hive.
For the practicing beekeeper who needs more information, or for the serious novice who wants to start out right, Hive Management offers sensible advice to help keep your honey bees thriving.
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.
A very clear,easy to understand, approach on hive management. I bought the book before attending my intermediate bee class, only to have the instructor recommend this same book... Read morePublished 25 days ago by cindi
Great book at explaining each season of the bee keepers live. Goes thru each season in detail and provides tips and tricks that the beginning bee keepers should be doing and/or... Read morePublished 2 months ago by ROGER SMITH
Just the fact, please, and here they are. Very useful information for a first year beekeeper.Published 3 months ago by kitplanesue
Learned a lot of the month to month upkeep for my hives.Published 4 months ago by Rebecca R. Swanson
LOVE this book! No nonsense, to the point. TONS of great hints. This is my new Go-to. I am never far from it!
Thanks for a great book, Richard!
This book was recommended by someone. Very helpful and informative.
New to beekeeping and have been reading several books. You may want to add it to your library.