Queen Rearing and Bee Breeding 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1878075086
ISBN-10: 187807508X
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wicwas Press; 1st edition (February 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 187807508X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878075086
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on April 21, 2006
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The authors of this book clearly aren't novelists --- it's easy to doze off while reading it. But the information presented is stuff that for some unknown reason isn't covered in the general beekeeping texts. For example, this clearly explains why in-breeding bees can be very undesirable (or very desirable, depending on what you are trying to achieve). It explained to me for the first time, in an understandable way, the cause of "shot brood." I think this is an important book for people who want to go beyond simply having bees and want to understand what bees are all about. But it also contains a lot of practical information, such as detailed directions for constructing and use of robber screens for nuc boxes.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sean Johnson on March 17, 2006
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The beginning of the book that covers the logistics of getting ready to breed bees/rear queens is done fairly well. There is a lot of great information on what you'll need to do to get setup for the process. The section on genetics has a lot of less useful infomation and is poorly organized. I am not well versed in genetics, but I do have a strong background in Science (Math, Physics, and Chemistry) and one of my other hobbies besides beekeeping is cosmology. Most of the technical terms were not well defined and although the writter(s) of the genetics section of this book may be 100% correct and right on with there information, their ability to relate this information to the layperson (even one like me with an extensive background in science, just not genetics) was extremely poor.

If you are serious about bee breeding/queen rearing, you should probably have this book as an additional reference. As this is the first book I have read on the subject, I cannot recommend another book. I can recommend checking with your county extension offices and/or your state universities to see if they have more information on this subject or offer classes.

The University of Minnesota offers a class on Queen Rearing every summer. This year it will be over July 7-9, 2006. Here's the link: [...]

I took this same class in July of 2004. It offered hands-on experience where everyone in the class got a chance to graft queens and learn the process of queen rearing. Lots of good class-room time and literature. If you have the option of doing something like this, I would strongly recommend it.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 18, 1998
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I'm biased--H.H.Laidlaw is my father, he is 91 years old and artificial insemination of honey bees has been his life work. This book has a great "look" on the page--many illustrations and photos. Interesting to "non-Bee-people" and really all about sex!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Irene on January 6, 2005
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I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Page in 2002, and this book helped me to understand the fundamentals of queen rearing. Although I love technical books, when it comes to honey bees, I found it straight-forward and a worthwhile text. Although I didn't have to rear my own queens for my experiment, it helped to understand how bees are bred for traits and the process that is involved with breeding honey bees.
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I teach beekeeping and queen rearing and thus I am have read many books on these subjects and am always on the lookout for new information to give and new ways to present information. This book is superb on several fronts. I would not recommend it to a beginner or to a person with no knowledge of genetics, but apart from that the chapters on bee biology are informative and clearly explain much that I did not realise. The chapters on genetics are also really good and again explain many new topics in an easy to understand way.
I would highly recommend this book to any fairly knowledgeable beekeeper or those who are prepared to put in a bit of extra time to understand some of the genetic material.
The descriptions of rearing queens are great as well.
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