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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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I bought this with a few other books on beekeeping and I think this book is just okay, because it has some great and not so great points. Great points are that is provides a wealth of information of bees, beekeeping, and harvesting in Langstroth and only Langstroth hives. The information is very clearly written and summarized with bullets. It's especially helpful when description techniques and summarizing with advantages and disadvantages. It's easy to read through or reference as needed. HOWEVER, it is very one-sided. This book should be called the "Langstroth Beekeeper's Handbook" and then I would have to give this book 5 stars because it does it fact throughly cover everything you could imagine about using a Langstroth hive. But my concern is that this book doesn't reference or acknowledge that their are many other ways out there and the title of Beekeeper's Handbook seems to portray a comprehensive text about beekeeping in general. I can understand if the authors goal was to write only about Langstroth, which is totally fine, but I think that premise needs to be clearer for a reader/purchaser. Reading this text would lead you to believe that there is only this way to keep bees, when in fact there are MANY MANY ways to care for bees successfully while aligning to your philosophy. This book provides information on techniques and approaches in such an authoritative way it would easily convince a new beekeeper this is the only way to do things, which it is not. Even just a mention in the preface, that this book will focus on Langstroth hives but there are many other kinds of hives worth researching - top bar, warre, etc. as well as mentioning that organic and natural practices exist, and many are successful with this approach as well.Read more ›
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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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The Beekeeper’s Handbook is has always been my primary “go to” information source whenever I have a question or a problem with my hives. In fact, I’ve used it as a guide from my first days as a beginning beekeeper some 12 years ago. It covers everything from hive construction to harvesting honey and everything in between. It’s well illustrated with clear diagrams and the text is easily understandable for the beginner. This 4th edition has been expanded to cover CCD (colony collapse disorder), green pest management and mite control.

I’ve found this book invaluable in maintaining a growing apiary and keeping my bees healthy and productive.
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