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The Beekeeper's Handbook 4th Edition

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 "The text is presented in a very readable way, and the diagrams are some of the clearest I have seen for a long time."―Bee Craft (reviewing the third edition)



 "A comprehensive, well-illustrated introduction for beginners and a valuable reference for the experienced beekeeper. The book outlines options for each operation within beekeeping, listing advantages and disadvantages of each alternative."―AB Bookman's Weekly (reviewing the third edition)



"An elegant reference book with beautiful illustrations."―Whole Earth (reviewing the third edition)



"Since the publication of the first edition of the handbook in 1973, many thousands of novice and experienced beekeepers have relied on this book as the preferred single-volume guide to bee keeping. . . . The fourth edition has been redesigned, revised and expanded to incorporate the latest findings on Colony Collapse Disorder, green integrated pest management techniques, overwintering protocols and ways to control bee mites . . . this book offers plenty of sound advice." ―John Badmin, British Journal of Entomology and Natural History (September 2013)



"Beginners will find The Beekeeper's Handbook a joy, and more seasoned beekeepers will find rereading of benefit as they continue to master the art and science of bee colony care." ―Dewey M. Caron



"The Beekeeper's Handbook has guided thousands of beginning and advanced beekeepers in the how-tos of this entertaining and profitable pastime. Simply put, it is the best of the best of beekeeping books."―Roger A. Morse (reviewing the third edition)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Comstock Publishing Associates; 4 edition (May 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801476941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801476945
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A. H. on June 22, 2011
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This book is now in its 4th edition. That certainly tells you that it contains the essential information not only for beginning beekeepers but for all beekeepers. The diagrams are excellent and enhance the explanations in the text so that beekeepers not only read the information but see what they need to do. It is a book that all beekeepers will use for ready reference. It will be an excellent choice of textbook for bee courses on all levels. Those who have previous editions in their bee book collections will welcome the most current information in this 4th edition. I highly recommend this book to all beekeepers.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Corniste on July 3, 2011
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As a new-bee beekeeper, I relied on the "Dummies" book and local SME's. I don't have the 3rd edition of TBH to compare, but this 4th edition has an abundance of great information and exceptional illustrations and diagrams. The index is not extremely detailed, but it is functional, and I have found information for some odd questions with just a little digging. There are 28 pages of further reference materials on diverse subjects ranging from abbreviations to wintering, and several interesting subsections. For example, some of my unused equipment was devastated by wax moths due to my own negligence. Who knew- or even wanted to know- you could raise wax moths to sell to fishermen, or simply eat them yourself? I believe I'll just stick to honey for now.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By trimmer_gal on March 1, 2013
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For conventional (Langstroth, and using treatments) beekeeping, this has got to be the most comprehensive modern book out there. There are many informative charts, tables, and illustrations, and plenty of information on bee biology that they don't always get to in beginner beekeeping classes. There is also information on how to remedy problems with laying workers, queenlessness, and other physical issues that may come up. That said, it's not for the strictly organic beekeeper. There is little to no information on organic practices, which is why it only gets 4 stars. The authors talk mostly about chemical treatments for mites and diseases, which many are beginning to feel has created resistance in the very things the treatments are supposed to cure. A well-organized book, and I'd keep it for it's biological information.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By W. Dennis Barrett on November 29, 2011
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This book seems a better reference manual than beginning beekeeper's guide. There is a wealth of information in the book, but I didn't think it was fun to read. I would recommend Beekeeping for Dummies as a first book. The Beekeeper's Handbook may come in handy for researching problems but is not the best for someone thinking about starting as a beekeeper.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By MariaGrazia on August 19, 2011
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I am an amateur beekeeper and spend a great deal of my time reading every book I can find about beekeeping. This book is by far one of the better books, at least for me. It is more technical than many of the other books I've read, but not too much that I need a degree in entomology to understand. It would be nice if there were actual pictures rather than just illustrations, but the illustrations are nice. Each book I've read I've picked up some great piece of advice so if you're new to beekeeping read, read, read. I would recommend this on your reading list.
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28 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Ann George on May 4, 2012
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I was very sorry to be overwhelmed with a lot of information that was not immediately useful. This is more a thesis than a how to, or a hands on practical guide to bee keeping.

The index is deceiving. One thinks there will be large articles, but instead, there are many short blurbs about a wide variety of topics, but no orderly introduction, little logic, little information on method, nor were the whys and hows presented in an easily absorbed manner.

It would have been helpful to format the book in such a way that one was given information, then the application of that information. Instead, one is bombarded by lots of data, but application of the data was provided chapters later.

As a beginner, the how to start and the why of things would have been useful. I learned more form visiting an apiary and talking with bee hive sales persons than I did from the book. I have returned this one, and hope to find something that is a practical guide to bee keeping.

** a good 8% of the book seems to be references to other sources. **
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By nubeelady on April 23, 2012
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We are grateful for finding this book.. starting beekeeping has been a challenge..this volume has been very helpful so far and will probably continue to be a helpful resource. Step-by-step directions are easily understandable. There are always many options explained and they give advantages and disadvantages to them so you are able to choose what works best given your individual situation.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lisa A Lee on April 24, 2013
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This book is used in many beginner beekeeping courses, and in that setting, it might be useful. It is, however, extremely poorly indexed and very frustrating if you are using it to try and find information on specific issues. The index is barely 1 page for a 300-page book covering many different areas. For example, storing excess drawn comb after extraction or colony failure is something every beekeeper has to do but doesn't seem to be in the book, or at least not the index. After flipping through the book for an hour, the only content I could find was that after extraction the comb needs to be 'stored propoerly'. If the authors are serious about making this a more useful book they really need to expand the index.
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