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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: X-STAR PUBLISHING COMPANY (June 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1614760616
  • ISBN-13: 978-1614760610
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

This is intended as a beginner's book.  It is just volume one of the entire three volume book, but I wanted an inexpensive beginning book.  I split the whole book it into three somewhat equal parts to sell separately and this is just the "Beginning Beekeeping Naturally" section.  My intent is that they could expand to the other volumes as they want to get into more depth.  If your intent is to keep bees naturally without treatments, this will get you off on the right foot and save a lot of regret for the things that are not easily changed later.

About the Author

Michael Bush has had an eclectic set of careers from printing and graphic arts, to construction to computer programming and a few more in between. Currently he is working in computers. He has been keeping bees since the mid 70's, usually from two to seven hives up until the year 2000. Varroa forced more experimentation which required more hives and the number has grown steadily over the years from then. By 2008 it was about 200 hives. He is active on many of the Beekeeping forums with last count at about 45,000 posts between all of them.

"His writing is like his talks, with more content, detail, and depth than one would think possible with such few words...his website and PowerPoint presentations are the gold standard for diverse and common sense beekeeping practices."--Dean Stiglitz

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Michael Bush is one of the leading proponents of treatment free beekeeping. He has been keeping bees since the mid 70's, usually from two to seven hives up until the year 2000. Varroa forced more experimentation which required more hives and the number has grown steadily over the years from then. By 2008 it was about 200 hives. He is active on many of the Beekeeping forums with last count at more than 50,000 posts between all of them. He has had an eclectic set of careers from printing and graphic arts, to construction to computer programming and a few more in between. Currently he is working in computers. He has a web site on beekeeping at www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm

"His writing is like his talks, with more content, detail, and depth than one would think possible with such few words...his website and PowerPoint presentations are the gold standard for diverse and common sense beekeeping practices."--Dean Stiglitz

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R. Duane Jones
If you are a conventional beek and you have had umpteen hives, and dozens of bee books for years, buy "The Practical Beekeeper" anyway.
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This book was an easy read in very understandable terms.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Vance E. Gilbraith on October 17, 2011
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Michael Bush is not ashamed to call himself a lazy beekeeper. That is the magic in his metholdology. By eliminating unneccessary steps and procedure and by advocating the usage of smaller and lighter beekeeping equipment, he makes it possible for everyone including the elderly to enjoy beekeeping. His writing walks you thru all neccessary steps to a positive and successful experience. Although I do not agree with all his metholds, they are still logical, practical and well thought out. It is written using plain and concise language and everything you need to know is carefully spelled out. You will not regret buying this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By WVgrrl on February 2, 2013
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After a decades-long hiatus from beekeeping, I decided to return to the undertaking a couple of years ago. The wonder of, and love for, bees was instilled in me as a young girl, by my father who first introduced me to them in the back yard, with honey smeared across my fingers. As they licked up the honey with their funny, little tongues, he explained to me how they were all little girl bees (except for the lazy drones back in the hive!) and said, "They'll never hurt you unless you hurt them first." Never once was he wrong. And never once have I lost the fascination with the utter miracle that is a wee honeybee.

But everything has changed since Dad first began teaching me about bees. Back in those days you pretty much just dumped a package in a box lined with foundation, walked away, and came back in a few months to reap the rewards of their unceasing labor. Even as I bought the first of my apiary equipment, in anticipation of spring, I was daunted. Pesticides, Varroa mites, tracheal mites, zombie flies, nosema, AFB, SHB, EFB, CCD, wax moth, stone brood, sac brood, chalk brood, parafoul brood, winter die-out...good grief - it's enough to make you quit beekeeping before you ever start! To say nothing of all the cures and preventions for it all! Everything I read had an ominous whiff of gloom and doom and the odds of a hive making it for long without some serious issues didn't look good - to say nothing of the costs and work involved in keeping them hanging on.

I come from a "conventional" beekeeping background, and I read up on all the treatments and preventions. I didn't like any of them. Why give antibiotics to someone that isn't sick, for crying out loud?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike G on May 3, 2012
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We all know that fewer chemicals in the food chain is a good thing. Finally, here is a common sense book on beekeeping, that doesn't rely on chemicals in the hive, yet says it in a matter-of-fact way without the 'holier than thou' attitude some authors have. He presents beekeeping as another case where simpler is better. I have all three books, and they are well worth the money! Thanks, Michael Bush!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rique on July 1, 2013
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Michael's books as well as his web site are full of good information. Especially if you are interested in raising bees without treating for pests - and through the use of as non-obtrusive and natural a process as you can. This book, his website, pretty much anything you can read from Mr. Bush is very good stuff - and I highly recommend and endorse everything that he provides to the beekeeping community.

In addition, all of the information in this book (and, per the author, in his other books) is available online. So unless you want to hold it in your hand, carry it around with you, you do not need to purchase the book. The author makes no bones about the fact that all of this info - and more - is available online for free.

So I am going to temper what I say below with the observations that a) the author freely represents that this info and more can be obtained elsewhere and b) that the book was created really because fans (such as myself) kept urging him to put the info into book form. So keep that in mind...

Having said all of that, this book suffers from the same flaw that so many beekeeping books seem to suffer from. The author assumes a level of knowledge which is greater than most beginners would have. As such, this books cries out for many more details concerning terminology (what is a "split"?, etc...), better presentation of step-by-step processes (such as building and modifying hive components), many more illustrations, color photography (photos are in black and white) and more planning related to the order in which details are presented.

In addition to reading this book, a beginner would be well advised to attend beekeeper club meetings, read other beginners books (I have not found the ideal beginner's book or books, but I am still looking...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Adams on May 22, 2012
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I came into my bees rather suddenly so I had to learn a lot fast! I was quite alarmed when I went to pick up my bees as I was bullied into leaving with antibiotics and treatments for all kinds of things I had yet to learn about. Thanks to this book I now know what the bees are up against and also why the treatments are likely to only make things worse. I will be following Michael Bush's methods and thank my lucky stars I chose his book as my primary guide to beekeeping naturally.

His website is also full of great information on pretty much everything you need to know from beginners to advanced. Please check it out if you are undecided about his books. His writing style is very straight forward and easy to follow. He is incredibly thorough and covers all the questions I had as well as lots I had yet to even consider.

I've read quite a few books on beekeeping now and still go back to this one as the final word of reason.

Thank you, Michael, for writing this book and sharing your wealth of knowledge of bees and beekeeping. You are a hero to bees and beekeepers alike.

I will be purchasing Vol II & III shortly and these will be the heart of my beekeeping library.
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