- Series: For Dummies
- Paperback: 456 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (March 2, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118945468
- ISBN-13: 978-1118945469
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 339 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beekeeping For Dummies 3rd Edition
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From the Back Cover
- Keep bees in the city or country
- Safely inspect and manage your colonies
- Manage all phases of honey production
- Apply all-natural remedies for bee health
PLUS More than 10 coupons and special offers on beekeeping supplies inside!
Want to get in on the buzz around beekeeping?
Inside, you'll find expert guidance on everything you need to become a successful back yard beekeeper from assembling and maintaining beehives and handling all the phases of honey production to securely opening and closing the hive and extracting honey like a pro. Whether you live in the city or the country, this friendly guide has you covered.
- Catch the beekeeping bug explore the many benefits of beekeeping, decide if it's the right hobby for you, and get some insight into a day in the life of a honey bee
- Adventures in beekeeping get to know the most popular back yard beehives and find the basic tools and equipment you need to get started
- All hail the honey bee discover the safest way to inspect and enjoy your bees, understand what to look for when you examine a colony, and perform year-round tasks to keep a healthy hive
- How sweet it is reap the rewards of keeping bees with step-by-step instructions on harvesting, bottling, and marketing your honey
- That stings if things go awry, turn to a section of common problems and simple solutions to bee illnesses, Colony Collapse Disorder, and more
- Become a honey connoisseur learn about the many different types of honeys, their distinct origins and flavor profiles, and how to pair honey with food and drink
Open the book and find:
- Advice on dealing with apprehensions you may have about beekeeping
- Everything you need to know about the queen, the workers, and the drones
- Tips on planting a garden your bees will love
- How to start an observation hive, brew honey wine, and build your own hive stand
- A handful of yummy honey recipes
- How-to beekeeping videos available online
About the Author
Howland Blackiston has been a back yard beekeeper since 1984. He's written many articles on beekeeping and appeared on dozens of television and radio programs. He is also the author of Building Beehives for Dummies, which provides detailed instructions on how to build hives from scratch.
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So what does that mean for those of you who buy this book. You'll probably find chapters 1-4 are most useful as they give general bee background and help build the vocabulary you need to understand "bee talk". Chapters 10-14 are helpful as they talk about problems you'll encounter as a beekeeper and solutions to get your hive back on track. Other that that, you'll find yourself glossing over many portions of the remaining 11 chapters.
So to summarize, unless your primary goal is to have a honey factory, only about 1/2 of this (easy to read) book is going to be useful for all you new-bees.
Read this book! Seriously, it's an easy to understand and comprehensive breakdown of the what, why and how.
*********This isn't gospel but if you're an aspiring enthusiast and you are overwhelmed and just want to know how to get started for the season, here's what I recommend. Buy this book, then... *********
Start with a Langstroth hive. Choose 8 or 10 frame based solely on how much weight you're comfortable with lifting.
Buy a nucleus (Nuc) bee colony for your first hive. They will be about 5 weeks ahead of buying your queen and workers separately. They will already know their queen so there's no concern of rejection. Once you're comfortable with bees you can take the cheaper route. For your first time it's worth the little bit of extra money.
Just buy the whole advanced beginners kit from whatever distributor you have near you. Build off of that once you get a feel for what you prefer. Beginners advanced kits will give you everything you need to get started and get you through the first year.
Set aside around $500 for startup equipment and bee colony costs.
As my first journey into the world of beekeeping I read every single word, in order, in just about one sitting. I've found myself referencing back to it from time to time to reinforce knowledge as I creep towards my first season as an actual beekeeper.
It's VERY exciting, and this book did a great job of stoking that flame while also giving you a realistic idea of what you'll be up against as a beekeeper
I've seen the occasional beekeeper say they don't like this book or disagree or claim the information is incorrect but if you keep bees for a year or two you realize every topic is prone to disagreement. What works for one keep fails for another. Ask three beekeepers an opinion and you'll get four answers because by the time they are finished talking one of them will have changed their mind!
Seriously though the book clearly explains many times when there are differing opinions, methods, and offers choices in most of these examples. Great book.
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