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The Beekeeper's Handbook [Paperback]

by Diana Sammataro, Alphonse Avitabile, Dewey M. Caron
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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May 13, 2011 0801476941 978-0801476945 4

Since 1973, tens of thousands of first-time and experienced beekeepers alike have relied on The Beekeeper's Handbook as the best single-volume guide to the hobby and profession of beekeeping. Featuring clear descriptions and authoritative content, this handbook provides step-by-step directions accompanied by more than 100 illustrations for setting up an apiary, handling bees, and working throughout the season to maintain a healthy colony of bees and a generous supply of honey. This book explains the various colony care options and techniques, noting advantages and disadvantages, so that beekeepers can make the best choices for their own hives.

This fourth edition has been thoroughly redesigned, expanded, updated, and revised to incorporate the latest information on Colony Collapse Disorder, green IPM methods, regional overwintering protocols, and procedures for handling bees and managing diseases and pests such as African honey bees and bee mites. The book explains not only how but also why each step is part of the transformative process that results in the magnificent creation of honey. This essential guide is a beekeeper's most valuable resource.

Colony Collapse Disorder has renewed our recognition of the importance of small-scale beekeeping and the critical role of bees in the production of our food supply. For the growing number of beekeepers looking to set up hives for either a rewarding hobby or a profitable commercial enterprise, this updated and revised essential how-to guide includes:

• step-by-step directions for all stages from setting up an apiary to harvesting honey;
• approximately 100 illustrations featuring techniques, equipment, and bee biology;
• information about how to manage new pests and diseases including Colony Collapse Disorder;
• coverage of new trends and changes in beekeeping including green IPM techniques and new laws for urban beekeeping;
• the most up-to-date bibliography and list of resources on the topic; and
• a new user-friendly book design that clearly highlights instructions and other important features.


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Editorial Reviews

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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)


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: 11.3 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the 4th Edition 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good reference 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have for the beginner beekeeper! 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very comprehensive, but one-sided 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great resource 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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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners, I use it in my class. September 20, 2012
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This is the most complete text for a beginning and novice bekeeper. It covers all aspects of the craft, from bee biology, installing packages to how to identify pests and deseases. It should be the first book a prospective beekeeper purchases.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for beginners and mediate bee keepers
Bought as gift for my spouse after it was recommended in a bee keeping class we attended it is a great resource book for bee keeping and has a lot of information
Published 3 hours ago by Becky Moulton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This is a great book for the beginning bee keeper. It tells you just what to do and how to do it, Great book!!
Published 4 days ago by Dragon Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Looks like Useful Book
I bought this as a door prize for our bee club to use as a door prize. I plan to buy a copy for myself.
Published 20 days ago by Betty Jean Hartsell
4.0 out of 5 stars Bee keeping guide
Well written and well organized. I will value having it available as a reference as I start bee keeping this Spring.
Published 1 month ago by TBH
5.0 out of 5 stars The absolute best book about beekeeping.
There are a lot of books written about beekeeping. Some are too vague or not informative. The Beekeeper's Handbook has all the answers for a newer beekeeper, without being too... Read more
Published 1 month ago by NATHAN CASTLEMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
All inclusive , yet simple to understand to the novice . A great guide for anyone thinking about getting into bee keeping
Published 1 month ago by FP
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource
I purchased this for my father in law as a gift and he has said that it was a great resource for a beginner bee keeper.
Published 3 months ago by Dana
5.0 out of 5 stars awsome book
if you want to learn about bee and beekeeping then this is the book you want to get
very knowledgeable and a must have.
Published 3 months ago by Jimmy Seahorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be in every beekeeper's library
One of the top five books in beekeeping. Covers every topic you need to know to properly care for honey bees.
Published 3 months ago by Nancy Kimmel
5.0 out of 5 stars Bee Authority
New Beekeeper and find this book full of information to guide through the rough spots. Great reference book for any beekeeper or person interested in helping the bees survive!
Published 3 months ago by M. Page
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