A Practical Manual of Beekeeping: How to Keep Bees and Develop Your Full Potential as an Apiarist [NOOK Book]

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A fascinating hobby; a remunerative business; or a globetrotting career? Which type of beekeeper do you want to be? It is entirely up to you: beekeeping can provide it all.Beekeeping can provide anyone with an interesting and useful hobby or a lucrative and rewarding business. It is recognised as a vital agricultural industry and can therefore also offer you a globe trotting career. The whole subject is, however, often shrouded in mystery and loaded with jargon, leaving many people unaware of its true potential ...
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A Practical Manual of Beekeeping: How to Keep Bees and Develop Your Full Potential as an Apiarist

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Overview

A fascinating hobby; a remunerative business; or a globetrotting career? Which type of beekeeper do you want to be? It is entirely up to you: beekeeping can provide it all.Beekeeping can provide anyone with an interesting and useful hobby or a lucrative and rewarding business. It is recognised as a vital agricultural industry and can therefore also offer you a globe trotting career. The whole subject is, however, often shrouded in mystery and loaded with jargon, leaving many people unaware of its true potential or how to start. This book strips away all the mystery and explains step by step how - from day one - you can start beekeeping as a hobby; how you can progress to running a beekeeping business; or how you can start a career as a beekeeper which can quite easily take you all over the world. No other guide explains in such detail the true potential and accessibility of beekeeping or of being a beekeeper.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781300460718
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Publication date: 1/16/2013
  • Sold by: LULU PRESS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,311,129
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

David Cramp started beekeeping as a hobby in 1991 before spending a year at the Bee Research Unit at Cardiff University. He started a beekeeping company in Spain, producing organic honey, and after 12 years moved with his wife and two daughters to New Zealand to manage a 4000 hive operation, specialising in pollination and manuka honey. David writes for the beekeeping press in the UK, the USA and Spain and is the author of the Beekeeper's Field Guide. He edits the online beekeeping magazine Apis UK and is now starting his own honey bee queen rearing business.
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Table of Contents

List of illustrations ix

List of photographs xi

Introduction xiii

Acknowledgements xv

1 Honey-bees and human beings 1

Understanding the relationship between bees and pollination 1

Profiting from a gold mine 2

Coping with bee stings 4

Making a hobby of beekeeping 4

Bees and learning 5

Master chemists 5

Researching honey-bees 6

Becoming a beekeeper 6

The world is your oyster 8

2 Understanding the honey-bee colony 9

Considering the colony as a single organism 9

Bee development 10

Queen bees 12

Worker bees 15

Drone bees 21

The politics of the hive, or 'who tells whom what to do?' 23

The birth of a queen 25

Colony nest requirements 27

The beekeeper's role 28

Summary 29

3 Using the products of the hive and bees 31

Producing honey 31

Collecting pollen 35

Harvesting royal jelly 36

Producing beeswax 38

Collecting propolis 40

Producing venom 42

Harvesting silk 43

Summary 44

4 Obtaining equipment and bees 45

Acquiring beehives 45

Choosing the type of beehive 57

Buying second-hand hives 59

Obtaining new hives or making your own 60

Acquiring other beekeeping equipment 60

Clothing 63

Obtaining bees 65

Acquiring gentle bees 66

Starting beekeeping: a summary 67

Acquiring the equipment 69

When to obtain your bees 69

What next? 70

5 Starting with bees 71

Positioning your hives 71

Arranging insurance in rural and urban areas 77

Your bees arrive 77

Summary 81

6 The active season: spring 82

Starting in the springtime 82

Swarming 91

Supersedure 109

Building up the colony 110

Summary 113

7 The active season: summer and autumn 115

Taking your bees to harvest 115

Supering up116

Harvesting honey 118

Extracting the honey 126

Analysing your extracted honey 127

Dealing with the aftermath 131

Producing comb honey 132

Granulated and creamed honey 135

Inspecting the hive post-harvest 135

Marketing honey 136

The year so far: a summary 136

8 Dealing with problems 138

Laying workers 138

Coping with aggressive colonies 141

Dealing with robber bees 144

Uniting colonies 146

Preventing spray damage 148

Moving hives 150

Dealing with queen problems 152

Introducing a new queen: a summary 160

9 Overwintering your bees: autumn to spring 162

Preparing for winter 162

Making feed mixes 167

Storing sugar syrup 170

The spring start 171

The beekeeping year: a summary 175

10 Controlling diseases and pests 178

Managing diseases and pests 178

Wax moth 179

Brood diseases 182

Other brood problems 190

Adult bee diseases 192

Other pests and disorders 208

Yet other pests 212

Summary 214

11 Rearing queens and breeding bees 216

Why rear your own queens? 216

Choosing the time of year to re-queen 217

Queen rearing: an outline 218

Preparing the larvae 218

Moving the larvae 221

Rearing queens: methods 222

Inducing supersedure 232

Marking your queens 232

Troubleshooting queen cells 235

Assessing queen cells 236

Assessing queens 237

Keeping records 237

Breeding queens 237

Practical bee breeding 242

A bee breeding system: an example 246

Bee breeding: a summary 247

12 Exploring products and career possibilities 248

Pollination 248

Harvesting other products of the hive 252

Going organic 264

Making a career in beekeeping 266

Beekeeping around the world 272

Finale 273

Weights and measures ready-reckoner 275

Further reading 279

International beekeeping organizations 283

Beekeeping charities 285

Beekeeping journals 287

Beekeeping supply companies 289

Index 293

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