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The Practical Beekeeper Volume I Beginning Beekeeping Naturally Paperback – June 17, 2011
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From the Author
This is intended as a beginner's book. It is just volume one of the entire three volume book, but I wanted an inexpensive beginning book. I split the whole book it into three somewhat equal parts to sell separately and this is just the "Beginning Beekeeping Naturally" section. My intent is that they could expand to the other volumes as they want to get into more depth. If your intent is to keep bees naturally without treatments, this will get you off on the right foot and save a lot of regret for the things that are not easily changed later.
About the Author
Michael Bush has had an eclectic set of careers from printing and graphic arts, to construction to computer programming and a few more in between. Currently he is working in computers. He has been keeping bees since the mid 70's, usually from two to seven hives up until the year 2000. Varroa forced more experimentation which required more hives and the number has grown steadily over the years from then. By 2008 it was about 200 hives. He is active on many of the Beekeeping forums with last count at about 45,000 posts between all of them.
"His writing is like his talks, with more content, detail, and depth than one would think possible with such few words...his website and PowerPoint presentations are the gold standard for diverse and common sense beekeeping practices."--Dean Stiglitz
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If you are wondering if you should buy this,,,, let me make it easy for you: YES! You won't be disappointed !
I must thank the older, wiser beekeeper at the local apiary club who recommended this to me. I asked him for a book or two that would give me all the information I would need to get my hives up and running. Without missing a beat he gave me Michael Bush's name and website. This book is an easy read. Lots of info packed inside but broken down so even the laymen can understand. Had I got a non-natural beekeeping book I probably would have abandoned by quest for bees based on all the harsh treatments, and high costs.
This is an easy no nonsense approach to beekeeping. Let the bees be bees and your reward will be better bees and a healthier environment around you. This book is NOT a waste of money. If your thinking of bees, buy it and you'll be glad you did.
His website is also full of great information on pretty much everything you need to know from beginners to advanced. Please check it out if you are undecided about his books. His writing style is very straight forward and easy to follow. He is incredibly thorough and covers all the questions I had as well as lots I had yet to even consider.
I've read quite a few books on beekeeping now and still go back to this one as the final word of reason.
Thank you, Michael, for writing this book and sharing your wealth of knowledge of bees and beekeeping. You are a hero to bees and beekeepers alike.
I will be purchasing Vol II & III shortly and these will be the heart of my beekeeping library.
I am giving the book 5 stars because the information included is very good for those wanting to travel down the treatment free path. Whether you are just contemplating or attempting treatment free, he has some outstanding ideas that seem to work very well for many. His information on management techniques, hive structure, and genetics are what I contribute to my own success with keeping a treatment free apiary.