Backyard Beekeeping

Backyard Beekeeping

by Courtenay N. Smithers

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$19.95

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781921719196
Publisher: Rosenberg Publishing
Publication date: 10/10/2011
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7

1 Introduction to Beekeeping 8

The importance of bees 8

Kinds of honey bee 8

2 The Life of the Bee 10

The three castes 10

The life cycle 11

Colony size 12

Size of cells 12

Space between combs 13

Sharing the work 13

Recognising one another 16

Communicating 16

"Communicating" by pheromones 17

Navigation 17

Remembering 18

Swarming 18

Supersedure 19

Emergency queen-rearing 19

Bee food 19

3 Basic Beekeeping Equipment 21

The beehive 21

Stands for hives 27

Smoker 27

Hive tool 28

Bee brush 28

Queen excluder 28

Protective clothing 28

4 Where to Keep Your Hives 30

5 Examining the Hive 32

How to open a hive 32

What to look for during routine inspection 33

6 Where to Get Bees 36

Buying a hive containing a colony 36

Obtaining a nucleus 36

Catching a swarm 37

Hiving a swarm 37

Removing a wild colony 37

7 Harvesting Honey from the Hives 38

Removing the frames 38

Uncapping 39

Extracting 40

Storage of honey 40

Forms of honey 41

8 Taking the Wax Crop 42

9 Taking Care of the Bees 44

Spring inspection 44

Kinds of supers 45

Queen excluders 45

When to "super" 46

Fresh air 46

Feeding the bees 47

What to provide 47

Feeders 48

Pollen and pollen substitutes 48

10 Swarming, Swarm Control and Absconding 50

Causes of swarming 50

Indications that swarming is likely 51

Ways of preventing swarming 51

Absconding 52

11 Increasing the Number of Colonies 53

13 Moving Hives 55

Moving a few metres 55

Moving up to 1.5 kilometres 55

Long-distance moves 56

14 Requeentng a Colony 58

15 Getting Ready for Winter 60

16 Honey and Pollen Flora 62

17 Honey and Its Uses 65

Chemical composition 65

Physical characteristics 66

Crystallisation 66

Effects of heat 66

Honey as a commodity 66

The uses of honey 67

18 Diseases, Pests and Ailments 68

Diseases 68

Ailments 70

Dealing with doubtful causes of death 70

Pests 71

19 Bee Stings 73

20 Legislation 75

Glossary 75

Further Reading 75

Index 78

Index of Honey and Pollen Flora 80

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