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Beekeeping For Dummies

Beekeeping For Dummies

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by Howland Blackiston, Kim Flottum (Foreword by)

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Now updated — your guide to becoming a successful backyard beekeeper

Interested in raising honey bees? This friendly, practical guide presents a step-by-step approach to starting your own beehive, along with expert tips for maintaining a healthy colony. You get the latest on honey bee medication and treatments, harvesting and marketing your honey,


Now updated — your guide to becoming a successful backyard beekeeper

Interested in raising honey bees? This friendly, practical guide presents a step-by-step approach to starting your own beehive, along with expert tips for maintaining a healthy colony. You get the latest on honey bee medication and treatments, harvesting and marketing your honey, and the impact the sudden disappearance of the honey bee has on our environment and economy.

  • To bee or not to bee? — understand the benefits of beekeeping and whether it's right for you

  • Build your first hive — gather the right equipment, obtain your bees, and transfer them safely to their new home

  • Get up-close and personal — see how to open and close the hive, inspect your bees at the right times, and know what to look for

  • Handle common problems — from swarming to robbing to pesticide poisoning, find simple solutions

  • Understand Colony Collapse Syndrome — learn what you can do to help save the honey bees

  • Gear up for the golden harvest — use the tools of the trade to extract honey, store it, and sell it

Praise for Beekeeping For Dummies

"The information a beginner needs to keep bees with confidence."
Kim Flottum, Bee Culture Magazine

"A reader-friendly guide to beekeeping for novices or beginners."
Dewey M. Caron, Professor of Entomology, University of Delaware

Open the book and find:

  • The various types of honey bees and the role each plays in a colony

  • Hands-on instruction in building a hive

  • How to keep bees healthier and more productive

  • Guidelines for all phases of honey production

  • New information on raising your own queens

  • Plenty of helpful, illustrative pictures to guide you

  • The safest ways to inspect and enjoy your bees

  • A Beekeeper's Calendar organized by climate zones

Product Details

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For Dummies Series
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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From the Publisher
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.

Beekeeping For Dummies was written by Howland Blackiston, expert beekeeper and the president and co-owner of www.bee-commerce.com.

Meet the Author

Howland Blackiston is the president and co-owner of www.beecommerce.com, and a beekeeper with over 20 years experience. He is a well known media advocate for keeping bees.

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Beekeeping For Dummies 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
getoknowahoneybee More than 1 year ago
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.
CWalker More than 1 year ago
As a beekeeper for many years, I found this book very informative and enjoyable to read.
AnnaBananaMN More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an EXCELLENT book for beginners. I read this book cover to cover. it is packed full of helpful information for beginners. It's written in the usual Dummies fashion. Fun to read and easy to understand. I learned so much from this book. HIGHLY RECCOMMEND!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting read with great tip and information for the beginner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
kupEK More than 1 year ago
Got it on my nook would have been better for me in hard copy
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ReeneeJane65 More than 1 year ago
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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suffolkbeekeeper More than 1 year ago
this is a very informative and well illistrated book great reading wether you are new or seasoned beekeeper.
TexasCannoneer More than 1 year ago
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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PamMontgomery More than 1 year ago
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.
rockdocUT More than 1 year ago
Seems to be well organized and is interesting, has a lot of information and would be good to read before starting hives.