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The Practical Beekeeper Volume III Advanced Beekeeping Naturally

The Practical Beekeeper Volume III Advanced Beekeeping Naturally

by Michael Bush


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This book is about how to keep bees in a natural and practical system where they do not require treatments for pests and diseases and only minimal interventions. It is also about simple practical beekeeping. It is about reducing your work. It is not a mainstream beekeeping book. Many of the concepts are contrary to "conventional" beekeeping. The techniques presented here are streamlined through decades of experimentation, adjustments and simplification. The content was written and then refined from responding to questions on bee forums over the years so it is tailored to the questions that beekeepers, new and experienced, have.
It is divided into three volumes and this edition contains only Volume III: Advanced Beekeeping Naturally.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781614760634
Publication date: 07/27/2011
Pages: 188
Sales rank: 734,535
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Michael Bush has had an eclectic set of careers from printing and graphic arts, to construction to computer programming and a few more in between. Currently he is working in computers. He has been keeping bees since the mid 70's, usually from two to seven hives up until the year 2000. Varroa forced more experimentation which required more hives and the number has grown steadily over the years from then. By 2008 it was about 200 hives. He is active on many of the Beekeeping forums with last count at over 50,000 posts between all of them.

"His writing is like his talks, with more content, detail, and depth than one would think possible with such few words...his website and PowerPoint presentations are the gold standard for diverse and common sense beekeeping practices."--Dean Stiglitz

Table of Contents

Volume III Advanced 459
Genetics 461
The Need for Genetic Diversity 461
Feral Bees Have Maintained This 462
What can we do? 462
Feral Bees 464
Swarms 466
Capturing a swarm 467
Removal 469
Cone Method 470
Bee Vacuum 472
Transplanting Bees 473
Bait hives. 475
Queen Rearing 477
Why rear your own queens? 477
Cost 477
Time 477
Availability 478
AHB 478
Acclimatized bees 478
Mite and disease resistance 478
Quality 479
Concepts of Queen Rearing 479
Reasons to rear queens 479
Emergency 479
Supersedure 480
Reproductive swarming 480
Overcrowding swarm 480
Most Queens with Least Resources 480
Where queens come from 481
Methods of getting larvae into "queen cups" 481
The Doolittle Method 482
The Jenter method 482
Advantages to Jenter 485
Advantages to grafting 485
The Hopkins Method 486
Cell Starter 489
Beekeeping Math 490
Queen Rearing Calendar: 491
Mating Nucs 493
A note on mating nucs 494
Queen marking colors: 496
Queen Catching and marking 497
Jay Smith 498
Queen longevity: 499
Emergency queens: 499
C.C. Miller 500
Queen Banks 501
FWOF 502
Nucs 504
Optimal Space 504
Various Sized Nucs 504
Overwintering Nucs 505
Feeding dry sugar 511
What Nucs are Good For: 512
Splits 512
Artificial swarm 512
Making queens from swarm cells 512
Keeping a backup queen 512
Foolproof requeening 513
Queen bank 513
Comb building 513
Swarm catching 514
Bait hives 514
Shaken swarms 514
Transporting honey 514
Lighter Equipment 515
Mediums instead of deeps 515
Eight frame instead of ten frame 516
Wax Dipping Equipment 525
Colony Decisions 528
Two Queen Hives 530
Top Bar Hives 532
Kenya Top Bar Hive 532
Tanzanian Top Bar Hive 538
Comb Measurements 540
FAQs 541
Wintering 541
Tropical? 542
Excluder? 542
Harvest 543
Top Entrance? 543
Sloped Sides? 544
Varroa? 544
Feeding? 544
Management? 545
Production? 546
SBB? 547
Cross Ventilation 547
Landing board? 548
Length? 548
Bar Width 549
Comb Guide 549
Waxing Guides 550
Slatted Rack 550
Horizontal Hives 551
Management 553
Observation Hives 554
Why an observation hive? 554
Pictures of Different Kinds of Observation Hives 554
Getting an Observation Hive 561
You Can Build One or Buy One 561
Glass or Plexiglas 561
Other Nice Features 562
Exit 562
Privacy 562
Observation Hive Issues 563
Frame Size 563
Overall Size 563
Space Between the Glass 564
Feeder 564
Ventilation 565
Robbing 565
Disconnecting 565
Working the Hive 566
Box Jig 568
Miscellaneous Equipment 573
Top Clip 573
Hive Stand 574
Plantain 575
Bucket Float 576
Smoker Insert 577
Wiring Tools 578
Things I did not invent 580
Beespace 580
Using All Mediums 581
Using 8 frame boxes 582
Top Bar Hives 582
Foundationless Frames 583
Narrow Frames 584
Long Hives 585
Smoker Insert 586
Not Painting Hives 587
Small Cell Beekeeping 588
Top Entrances 588
Opening the Brood Nest 589
Beekeeping Math 591
Unnatural Things in Beekeeping 593
Scientific Studies 596
Quotes 596
Not Proven Scientifically. 602
Differences in observations in general and as an example, differences in cell size observations. 604
Discounting scientific studies 608
Worldview 610
Empirical Vs Statistical 610
Natural Things 613
Paradigms. 615
Scientific numerics in complex systems 618
It's not that simple 618
Weight as an example 619
Overwintering as another example 620
Requeening a Hot Hive 625
Divide and conquer. 625
CCD 628

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