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Building Beehives For Dummies

Building Beehives For Dummies

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By (author) Howland Blackiston

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 201mm x 251mm x 23mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1118312945
  • ISBN 13: 9781118312940
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 205,931

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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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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 needsGather the necessary tools and materialsSharpen your carpentry skillsPlan and assemble your own beehives and beekeeping equipmentWant 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 locationBee in the know about hives -- discover reasons why you should build a hive instead of buying one, and select the best hive for your needsGet sweet on building your beehive -- get detailed materials and cut lists plus step-by-step illustrated instructions for assembling popular beehives and beekeeping accessoriesOpen the book and find: The anatomy of a beehiveLegal and locale considerations for your hiveThe tools and materials you need to build the projects in this bookThe scoop on basic carpentry skillsDetailed plans for six of the world's most popular hives plus seven terrific beekeeping accessoriesTips for extending the life of your equipment

Table of contents

Introduction 1 Part I: The Buzz on Beehives 7 Chapter 1: Getting Sweet on Building Your Own Beehives 9 Chapter 2: Comb Sweet Comb: Beehive Basics 21 Chapter 3: Gathering Basic Tools and Materials 35 Chapter 4: Fine-Tuning Your Carpentry Skills 55 Part II: The World's Most Popular Beehive Designs 67 Chapter 5: The Kenya Top Bar Hive 69 Chapter 6: The Five-Frame Nuc Hive 83 Chapter 7: The Four-Frame Observation Hive 97 Chapter 8: The Warre Hive 109 Chapter 9: The British National Hive 123 Chapter 10: The Langstroth Hive 145 Part III: Sweet Beehive Accessories 165 Chapter 11: The Frame Jig 167 Chapter 12: The Double Screened Inner Cover 173 Chapter 13: The Elevated Hive Stand 183 Chapter 14: The IPM Screened Bottom Board 189 Chapter 15: The Hive-Top Feeder 197 Chapter 16: The Solar Wax Melter 207 Chapter 17: Langstroth Frames 217 Part IV: The Part of Tens 229 Chapter 18: Ten (Or So) Tips for Extending the Life of Your Equipment 231 Chapter 19: Ten (Or So) Ways to Trick Out Your Hives 239 Chapter 20: Ten Fun Facts about Beehives 249 Index 255