Building Beehives For Dummies
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Building Beehives For Dummies

By (author) Howland Blackiston

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The easy way to build your own beehives and beekeeping equipment Building Beehives For Dummies is the follow-up book to the bestselling Beekeeping For Dummies. It provides everything you need to learn how to build some of the world's most popular hives and beekeeping accessories. For each design the book includes a detailed materials list (what lumber, hardware and fasteners you'll need), step-by-step building instructions, and illustrative drawings that show how the components all fit together. There are over a dozen plans in all, including the traditional Langstroth hive, the eight frame garden hive, designs for elevated hive stands, the Warre hive, screened bottom board, the Kenya top-bar hive, four-frame observation hive, hive top feeders, and more. The book contains introductory chapters that teach you the basic carpentry skills necessary to build any of the plans in the book. Whether you are a new beekeeper or a seasoned ol timer, Building Beehives for Dummies provides you with the information you need to plan and succeed at building beehives (and other cool accessories). You'll discover what type of hive to build, hints on how to maintain your equipment, what bees need to stay happy and healthy, where to locate your hive, and much more. * Covers "bee space," the critical technical measurement within a beehive that's crucial for easy inspection of your colonies * Offers guidance on keeping both urban and suburban neighbors happy, getting proper permissions, and understanding regional laws and regulations * Provides creative ideas for dressing up hives for fun and profit In today s world of self-sufficiency, back-to-basics and sustainability, building beehives is a fun hobby that both you and your bees will appreciate and benefit from.

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 200.66 x 251.46 x 22.86mm | 408.23g
  • 01 Mar 2013
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • New York
  • English
  • 1118312945
  • 9781118312940
  • 102,667

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Howland Blackiston has been a backyard beekeeper since 1984. He has appeared on dozens of television and radio programs, including the Discovery Channel, CNBC, CNN, and NPR. He is the author of Beekeeping For Dummies.

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Learn to: Choose the best beehive for your needs Gather the necessary tools and materials Sharpen your carpentry skills Plan and assemble your own beehives and beekeeping equipment Want to build your own beehives and beekeeping equipment? Easy. Whether you're a new beekeeper or a seasoned ol' timer, "Building Beehives For Dummies" provides you with the information you need to successfully plan and build beehives and other cool accessories. You'll discover what type of hive to build, hints on how to maintain your equipment, what bees need to stay happy and healthy, whereto locate your hive, and much more. Hear the buzz -- find the 4-1-1 on what honeybees need in a hive, break down the components of a typical hive, and choose a great hive location Bee in the know about hives -- discover reasons why you should build a hive instead of buying one, and select the best hive for your needs Get sweet on building your beehive -- get detailed materials and cut lists plus step-by-step illustrated instructions for assembling popular beehives and beekeeping accessories Open the book and find: The anatomy of a beehive Legal and locale considerations for your hive The tools and materials you need to build the projects in this book The scoop on basic carpentry skills Detailed plans for six of the world's most popular hives plus seven terrific beekeeping accessories Tips for extending the life of your equipment

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