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Getting The Best From Your Bees
     

Getting The Best From Your Bees

by David Macfawn
 
This book encourages you to work with the bees rather than against them. They know what they are doing and were doing it millions of years before we learnt to walk on all fours and wiggle our tails! During that long time they have learned to adapt too many changes of climate, forage, pests, predators and, now, beekeepers. They are very adaptable and this has enabled

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This book encourages you to work with the bees rather than against them. They know what they are doing and were doing it millions of years before we learnt to walk on all fours and wiggle our tails! During that long time they have learned to adapt too many changes of climate, forage, pests, predators and, now, beekeepers. They are very adaptable and this has enabled them to survive and often to thrive. Give them a chance and they will continue to do so for eons to come.

There are as many ways of keeping bees as there are beekeepers. Most of them are probably mostly right most of the time. Nobody knows it all. The day I open a hive without learning something will be the day I give up beekeeping! Read bee-books (especially this one!) and talk with your beekeeping neighbours.

Beekeeping programs in the United States have historically focused on theoretical test questions and answers but have not included extensive practical hive manipulation techniques. This book explores practical in-hive techniques that should be learned by at least an advanced beginner level, beekeeping year 2, and fully utilized by the Master Beekeeping level. Other techniques exist, but we listed what we thought were the most important techniques. This advanced beginner book is international in scope. The authors are from the South Eastern United States and United Kingdom. We hope we bring this diversity and beekeeping commonality to this text.

This book focuses on practical hive manipulation techniques, practical colony and beeyard management techniques, seasonal management, in-depth marketing discussion, the basis for good colony management via Integrated Pest Management and other techniques, a short discussion on queen rearing for a hobbyist, and much other practical information useful to a developing beekeeper. The Taranov Swarm prevention technique is discussed in detail with pictures. The book contains many pictures of equipment sold at Dadant and Brushy Mountain Bee Farm in the United States, in addition to discussions and pictures of equipment available in the United Kingdom and other countries in Europe. The book contains close to 100 pictures embedded in the text. This book is a practical application of current honey bee research and utilizes over 80 years of authors combined experience. We know our bees.

The concept for this book was born at the Virginia Tech Winchester Virginia Research Center USA, for ways to improve management of the research colonies. One of the overall themes of this book is you need to go with the natural tendency of the bees to be successful. You need to learn what "normal" is for a beehive.

"All beekeeping is local" and what might work in Alaska may not apply in Australia. We advise beekeepers to join their local Beekeepers' Association and apply the techniques described in this book after discussion with more experienced members. The Association will also be able to advise on the current state of the law locally.

I was discussing bees with someone at work and mentioned what I learned years ago from Dr. John Ambrose the North Carolina State Apiarists, United States at North Carolina State University. John said to be successful with bees you need to understand enough about their nature such that you do things supportive of their nature and not against their nature.

The bees know better what they are doing than the beekeeper. Watch and listen to the bees.

Editorial Reviews

Bee Culture
The authors pretty much lay out who this book if for - Advanced Beginner / Lower Level Intermediate Honeybee Book. It is, they continue, for beekeeping year two, and fully utilized by the Master Beekeeping level. They cover a variety of subjects, focusing on hive manipulation rather than Q&A . Topics include stock to use, swarming, IPM, equipment, marketing, seasonal management, moving bees, record keeping, beeyards, and more on equipment. I didn't find anything new in the book, but I was entertained, and being reminded of techniques forgotten but useful isn't a bad thing. That forgotten thing is important, because we tend to forget tried and true ways when newer ideas come along, and we all should be grounded once in a while - just so we stay relevant. Plus, the mix of UK and US beekeeping offers some interesting insights not often available. A compare and contrast and what works best is good to have.--(Kim Flottum)
Bees For Development
This is an unusual book, written in a chatty style by two very experienced and thoughtful beekeepers - one from North America - David Elgie MacFawn, and one from the UK, Chris Slade. Their approach is summed up by MacFawn, quoting the mantra of another famous beekeeping teacher, John Ambrose: "To be successful with bees, you need to understand enough about their nature such that you do things supportive of their nature, and not against their nature.The bees know what they are doing better then the beekeeper." With this attitude in mind, the book addresses many practical aspects of beekeeping, making no assumptions of the type of bees, nor the type of equipment in use by the reader for 'all beekeeping is local' and beekeepers must learn the characteristics of their local bees and prevailing situations. The book provides an abundance of those practical details that beekeepers need to know, yet that are omitted often from standard introductory texts that tend to describe the ideal situation rather than what happens in real beekeeping life. For example, what do you do when a frame becomes jammed, or if the queen flies off while you are admiring her? So this book is not for complete beginners, but is an enjoyable read for those with some experience who aim to get the best from their bees, which is, after all almost the title of this excellent and helpful new book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781432766467
Publisher:
Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date:
01/14/2011
Pages:
154
Product dimensions:
0.36(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

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