The Beekeeper's Handbook

The Beekeeper's Handbook

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Since 1973, tens of thousands of first-time and experienced beekeepers alike have relied on The Beekeeper's Handbook as the best single-volume guide to the hobby and profession of beekeeping. Featuring clear descriptions and authoritative content, this handbook provides step-by-step directions accompanied by more than 100 illustrations for setting up an apiary, handling bees, and working throughout the season to maintain a healthy colony of bees and a generous supply of honey. This book explains the various colony care options and techniques, noting advantages and disadvantages, so that beekeepers can make the best choices for their own hives.

This fourth edition has been thoroughly redesigned, expanded, updated, and revised to incorporate the latest information on Colony Collapse Disorder, green IPM methods, regional overwintering protocols, and procedures for handling bees and managing diseases and pests such as African honey bees and bee mites. The book explains not only how but also why each step is part of the transformative process that results in the magnificent creation of honey. This essential guide is a beekeeper's most valuable resource.

Colony Collapse Disorder has renewed our recognition of the importance of small-scale beekeeping and the critical role of bees in the production of our food supply. For the growing number of beekeepers looking to set up hives for either a rewarding hobby or a profitable commercial enterprise, this updated and revised essential how-to guide includes:

* step-by-step directions for all stages from setting up an apiary to harvesting honey;

* approximately 100 illustrations featuring techniques, equipment, and bee biology;

* information about how to manage new pests and diseases including Colony Collapse Disorder;

* coverage of new trends and changes in beekeeping including green IPM techniques and new laws for urban beekeeping;

* the most up-to-date bibliography and list of resources on the topic; and

* a new user-friendly book design that clearly highlights instructions and other important features.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 213.36 x 276.86 x 20.32mm | 879g
  • Comstock Publishing Associates
  • Ithaca, United States
  • English
  • 4th edition
  • 0801476941
  • 9780801476945
  • 120,535

Table of contents

Foreword to the Fourth Edition by Dewey M. Caron

Foreword to the Third Edition by Roger A. Morse

Preface and Acknowledgments


1. Understanding Bees

2. Colony Activities

3. Beekeeping Equipment

4. Obtaining and Preparing for Bees

5. Working Bees

6. Package Bees

7. Feeding Bees

8. Winter/Spring Management

9. Summer/Fall Management

10. Queens and Queen Rearing

11. Special Management Problems

12. Products of the Hive

13. Pathogens and Parasites of Honey Bees

14. Pests of Honey Bees

15. Pollination


A. Anatomy of Honey Bees

B. Pheromones

C. Bee Sting Reaction Physiology

D. Paraffin Dipping

E. Differences between European (EHB) and Africanized Honey Bees (AHB)

F. Rearing Wax Moth (Galleria mellonela)

G. Pointers for Extreme Urban Beekeeping (NYC), by Jim Fischer

H. Varroa Mite Infestations



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Review quote

"The Beekeeper's Handbook has guided thousands of beginning and advanced beekeepers in the how-tos of this entertaining and profitable pastime. Simply put, it is the best of the best of beekeeping books."-Roger A. Morse (reviewing the third edition) "Beginners will find The Beekeeper's Handbook a joy, and more seasoned beekeepers will find rereading of benefit as they continue to master the art and science of bee colony care." -Dewey M. Caron "Since the publication of the first edition of the handbook in 1973, many thousands of novice and experienced beekeepers have relied on this book as the preferred single-volume guide to bee keeping. . . . The fourth edition has been redesigned, revised and expanded to incorporate the latest findings on Colony Collapse Disorder, green integrated pest management techniques, overwintering protocols and ways to control bee mites . . . this book offers plenty of sound advice." -John Badmin, British Journal of Entomology and Natural History (September 2013) "An elegant reference book with beautiful illustrations."-Whole Earth (reviewing the third edition) "A comprehensive, well-illustrated introduction for beginners and a valuable reference for the experienced beekeeper. The book outlines options for each operation within beekeeping, listing advantages and disadvantages of each alternative."-AB Bookman's Weekly (reviewing the third edition) "The text is presented in a very readable way, and the diagrams are some of the clearest I have seen for a long time."-Bee Craft (reviewing the third edition)
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