Beekeeping For Dummies

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Beekeeping For Dummies, 2nd Edition reviews the tools of the trade, including complete instructions for building and maintaining beehives; offers detailed and easy-to-follow guidelines for all phases of honey production--including harvesting, bottling, packaging and marketing your honey; explores theories into the recent unexplained collapse of colonies and its environmental and economic on society; and provides new information on mites and diseases and recommend changes in bee ...
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Overview

Beekeeping For Dummies, 2nd Edition reviews the tools of the trade, including complete instructions for building and maintaining beehives; offers detailed and easy-to-follow guidelines for all phases of honey production--including harvesting, bottling, packaging and marketing your honey; explores theories into the recent unexplained collapse of colonies and its environmental and economic on society; and provides new information on mites and diseases and recommend changes in bee medication and treatments.
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Beekeeping For Dummies is a honey of a book on an increasingly popular hobby. For both enjoyment and profit, beekeeping has become a booming enterprise. This easy-to-follow guide removes the mystery from this pastime. Realize the benefits of keeping bees, from aiding the environment to enjoying homemade honey and wax products.

Beekeeping For Dummies includes detailed, full-color photographs that show how to install a package of bees in your hive, what to expect from your bees (they are incredibly well-tempered during swarming!), and how to spot-and solve-common beekeeping problems.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470430651
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/16/2009
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 59,886
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Howland Blackiston has more than 20 years' experience keeping bees. He has written many articles on beekeeping and appeared on dozens of television and radio programs, including CNBC, CNN, NPR, and Sirius Satellite Radio. Blackiston has been a keynote speaker at conferences in more than 40 countries.
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Table of Contents

Foreward xvii

Introduction 1

Part I: Falling in Love with a Bug 7

Chapter 1: To Bee or Not to Bee? 9

Chapter 2: Life Inside the Honey Bee Hive 21

Part II: Starting Your Adventure 45

Chapter 3: Alleviating Apprehensions and Making Decisions 47

Chapter 4: Basic Equipment for Beekeepers 59

Chapter 5: Obtaining and Installing Your Bees 91

Part III: Time for a Peek 109

Chapter 6: Opening Your Hive 111

Chapter 7: What to Expect when You're Inspecting 125

Chapter 8: Different Seasons, Different Activities 145

Part IV: Common Problems and Simple Solutions 163

Chapter 9: Anticipating and Preventing Potential Problems 165

Chapter 10: Colony Collapse Disorder 189

Chapter 11: Diseases and Remedies 197

Chapter 12: Honey Bee Pests 207

Chapter 13: Raising Your Own Queens 229

Part V: Sweet Rewards 247

Chapter 14: Getting Ready for the Golden Harvest 249

Chapter 15: Honey Harvest Day 263

Part VI: The Part of Tens 277

Chapter 16: (Almost) Ten Fun Things to Do with Bees 279

Chapter 17: Ten Frequently Asked Questions About Bee Behavior 305

Chapter 18: My Ten Favorite Honey Recipes 309

Appendix A: Helpful Resources 317

Appendix B: Beekeeper's Checklist 331

Glossary 335

Index 341

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  • Posted August 3, 2009

    Think Green

    With so much going on in the world, concerns over our environment, dwindling fossil fuels and wildlife endangement, one of the issues in the foregrond has been the dissapearing honeybee.
    Colony Collapse Disorder has been blamed on a whole litany of things from cell phones ( not true according to current research) to disease (very true). This book covers all angles of this with many scientific resourses for staying updated.
    Individuals can do their part to save them by investing in raising a small colony of healthy docile bees. Part of the problem may very well be large commercial honey operations,who, not unlike the problems encountered with huge stock yards, and hog operations...overcrowding, and lack of individual attention and less than favorable housing conditions have contributed to parasite infestations, microbial diseases, colony stress and other aliments.
    My husband and I felt one of the solutions was the revival of the small bee farm....where an individual can raise a couple of healthy bee colonies...give the little ladies the care and attention they need to thrive and procreate.
    We read this book from cover to cover, and feel more than ever that we are on the right track. This book was so informative and interesting, but aside from being educational and entertaining, it reassures us that anyone can do this.....and it's a good idea.
    Propagating healthy and docile bees is work, but aside from the great personal rewards, is very important on a global scale. Here in rural Iowa, no one is more aware of the catastrophic consequenses of the eradication of this natural pollinator.
    Anyone who is thinking about raising honeybees, or just raising awareness should buy this book. It will take you through the process from what plants they like, to ordering equipment and bees, to the TLC they need to stay healthy and prolific.
    We fell in love with our bees, and this book was our introduction.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2008

    Want a planet friendly hobby? Keep Bees!

    I have no prior experience with beekeeping, after reading this book I feel confident I could start and maintain a hive or two utilizing this book as a reference for any questions or problems I may encounter. It not only covers the ABC's of raising bee's and harvesting honey, but also covers some history and suggestions for what you can do with the other products bees provide like propolis and beeswax. I also found the internet links provided for supplies and equipment to be very useful.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2003

    Excelent reading for anyone interested in Bees

    This is an excelent book for an experienced Beekeeper or the beginner. Lots of up to date info on Bees and problems of beekeeping of today.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2002

    Excellent beginner book

    This book goes into great detail on the subject of bee keeping. The pictures and diagrams are some of the best that I have seen. The step-by-step details on doing things with your hive and bees really make things easier. Covers all the topics for the beginner. I highly recommend this book. MRJS Springfield-MO

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

    Extremely Helpful for First time beekeeper

    Great photos and clear descriptions. Gave me more confidence to inspect hive. Highly recommend. If you've never thought of keeping bees before, read this book and consider if your backyard is the place to make a home for these amazing creatures. I started a hive BEFORE reading the book. If I had read the book first it would have inspired me to start beekeeping.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2012

    As a beekeeper for many years, I found this book very informativ

    As a beekeeper for many years, I found this book very informative and enjoyable to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2009

    You to can be a beekeeper!

    I had no previous knowledge on the subject of beekeeping and I found this book to be a great place to start. I found it easy and fun to read. I also found it very informational. I also found the information consistent with what I have been learning elsewhere.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2009

    Packed full of information!

    I used the information I learned from reading this book in a job interview. I am now a part-time soon to be full-time commercial beekeeper. Having learned bee behaviors, anatomy, pests and diseases really impressed the interviewer. Weather your looking to learn out of curiosity, to start a new hobby, or even get a job I would recommend this book. It is well written and takes you through all of the requisite steps for starting a hive or two. Everything from what equipment to buy and which equipment to avoid to where to place hives and how to protect them is covered.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Can i have sex.

    On your big boobs. The bigger te better. Bryce is a idiot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Great help

    This was an interesting read with great tip and information for the beginner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    Great Book !

    This was one of the best books I have read on Beekeeping. It is a must for new Beekeepeers. Very informative and written with alot of humor.

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  • Posted November 27, 2011

    Good

    Got it on my nook would have been better for me in hard copy

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    Great Book...a must for beginning beekeepers!

    I bought this book in paper back first. My husband and I have used it as our "Bee Bible" until the pages were dog-eared, dirty and the book was getting pretty fragile...what better way to replace our how-to honey book than getting it for my nook!

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    Great BOOK

    this is a very informative and well illistrated book great reading wether you are new or seasoned beekeeper.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Great for the beginner - and those will moderate experience

    The most important thing about this book is that is explains the "how-to", AS WELL AS THE "why." This is important to someone like me. I wanted to know the "why" as well as the "how-to." The other bee keeping books, imo, do a great job of explaining just one (and glossing over the other). This book hits both the "why" and the "how-to" at good moderate levels. This way it is not too lofty for non-academics, but not dumbed-down either. It also does a great job of the Pros and Cons of different tools and different methods (something I really liked).

    Also, the other thing I LOVED about this book is it's resources. At the end of the book, you have a good list of bee-keeping suppliers. I found bee-commerce.com (the author co-founded it) to be the best bang for your buck. The quality is as they claim, premium, but without premium prices. The prices are not great deals, but they are fair.

    The only problem I found with this book is that it does not include color photos. There are LOTS and LOTS of great photos, but none in color. This is not a deal-breaker to me, but you should be aware.

    If you want colors - a near equivalent to this book is The Backyard Beekeeper by Kim Flottum (My first beekeeping book), and also very good.

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  • Posted June 26, 2009

    Good information for the begining beekeeper

    Seems to be well organized and is interesting, has a lot of information and would be good to read before starting hives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2009

    Beekeeping for Dummies

    Very informative, good for the begining beekeeper. Good pictures, easy reader.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    Perfect for Beginners!

    I'm toying with the idea of Beekeeping...therefore, this is an excellent primer. Now having read 4 beekeeping books, this should have been the first, as it would be the base of knowledge. A few theories will be challenged by other books, but certainly the base of knowledge is completely covered. Well organized. One 'negative' is the contacts in the appendix are either outdated OR some of those companies/sources have very bad webmasters, as questions/requests not responded to....including the author's own website! And he owns an apiray and you would THINK if they are going to sell product, they would respond to an inquiry. But that ONE item aside, I highly recommend you purchase this as your FIRST beekeeping book - and build your knowledge from here.

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    Posted October 26, 2009

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