Get Started in Beekeeping

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An indispensable bible of information and practical advice on beekeeping

Get Started in Beekeeping covers everything from bee behavior to what to do with honey. It balances all the background context on bee biology with the day-to-day and seasonal practicalities of running hives in any location, in the country or the city, and for colonies of all sizes.

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Overview

An indispensable bible of information and practical advice on beekeeping

Get Started in Beekeeping covers everything from bee behavior to what to do with honey. It balances all the background context on bee biology with the day-to-day and seasonal practicalities of running hives in any location, in the country or the city, and for colonies of all sizes.

  • Supporting resources include a 'bee calendar', troubleshooting section, illustrations, photos, a glossary and details of courses and organizations.
  • Fully illustrated with diagrams and photographs.
  • Combines background biology, facts and figures with practical advice on equipment and maintenance.

Topics include:

Introduction; Naming the parts; The honey bee year; equipment; Beginning your beekeeping; Swarming and swarm control; Flowers for bees; Winter; Pests and diseases; The beekeeping year; Hive products; Taking it further; Glossary; Index

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071740159
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/19/2010
  • Series: Teach Yourself: Games/Hobbies/Sports Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Adrian Waring, NDB, has been a beekeeper since September 1961 and keeps around 40 colonies. He was until recently General Secretary of the British Beekeepers' Association, and is County Bee Instructor for Northamptonshire. He lectures widely on the subject of bees to audiences of all ages.

Claire Waring has been a beekeeper for 25 years and is Editor of Bee Craft magazine. She was also former General Secretary of the British Beekeepers’ Association.

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Table of Contents

Meet the authors ix

Only got a minute? x

Only got five minutes? xii

Only got ten minutes? xiv

Introduction xvii

1 Naming the parts 1

Senses: smell, touch and taste 1

Vision 2

Walking and flying 2

The abdomen 4

Colony activities 6

Comb and comb building 6

Bees and their pheromones 9

Female castes 9

Drones 13

Workers 14

Winter bees 15

Nectar and pollen 15

The colony and winter time 16

2 The honey bee year 20

Autumn and winter 20

Spring build-up 23

The swarm 25

3 Equipment 31

Beekeeping associations 33

The beekeeper's personal protection 34

Hive tools 35

Hives and the bee space 36

Brood boxes and supers 42

What you will need 44

Apiary sites 44

Water supply 46

Other hive types 47

Frames and foundation 48

4 Beginning your beekeeping 55

Obtaining your first bees 55

Suppliers of bees and equipment 57

Letting the bees out 58

Transferring the colony 59

Lighting the smoker 60

Warm way or cold way? 61

Closing up 62

Feeding 62

Developing the nucleus 63

The established colony 64

The effects of smoke 64

Opening a colony 65

Using the smoker 66

Marking the queen 66

What you need to notice 68

Reversing a frame 69

What to look for 71

Timing of examinations 75

Seeing the queen 76

5 Swarming and swarm control 80

Swarm prevention 80

Swarm control 81

Losing a swarm 89

Collecting swarms and hiving them 91

The best use of a swarm 94

Making increase 95

Moving bees 99

6 Bees for honey 104

Pollination 104

Bees in flowers 105

Honey flows 111

Bee plants 114

Supering 114

Your honey crop 120

Honey extractors 120

Extraction 122

Beeswax 126

Storing supers 127

7 Winter 131

Feeding 132

Robbing 137

Ventilation 138

8 Pests and diseases 142

Pests 142

Diseases 147

Pest management techniques 154

Other treatements 156

Adult bee diseases 157

Robbing and drifting 160

9 The beekeeping year 164

January 164

February 165

March 165

April 166

May 167

June 167

July 168

August 168

September 168

October 169

November 169

December 169

10 Hive products 172

Honey 172

Mead 175

Beeswax 177

Propolis 182

Taking it further 186

Glossary 196

Index 214

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