Natural Beekeeping

Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture, 2nd Edition

Author: Ross Conrad

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603583637

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 304

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Today's beekeepers face unprecedented challenges, a fact that is now front-page news with the spread of "colony collapse disorder." Newly introduced pests like varroa and tracheal mites have made chemical treatment of hives standard practice, but pest resistance is building, which in turn creates demand for new and even more toxic chemicals. In fact, there is evidence that chemical treatments are making matters worse. It's time for a new approach. Now revised and updated with new resources and including full-color photos throughout, Natural Beekeeping offers all the latest information in a book that has already proven invaluable for organic beekeepers. The new edition offers the same holistic, sensible alternative to conventional chemical practices with a program of natural hive management, but offers new sections on a wide range of subjects, including: The basics of bee biology and anatomy Urban beekeeping Identifying and working with queens Parasitic mite control Hive diseases Also, a completely new chapter on marketing provides valuable advice for anyone who intends to sell a wide range of hive products.Ross Conrad brings together the best "do no harm" strategies for keeping honeybees healthy and productive with nontoxic methods of controlling mites; eliminating American foulbrood disease without the use of antibiotics; selective breeding for naturally resistant bees; and many other detailed management techniques, which are covered in a thoughtful, matter-of-fact way. Whether you are a novice looking to get started with bees, an experienced apiculturist looking for ideas to develop an integrated pest-management approach, or someone who wants to sell honey at a premium price, this is the book you've been waiting for.

The Bee-friendly Beekeeper

A Sustainable Approach

Author: David Heaf

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781904846604

Category: Bee culture

Page: 160

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Offers an insightful and intelligent exploration of modern beekeeping practices, and how they can be improved for a more sustainable and bee-friendly approach.

Top-Bar Beekeeping

Organic Practices for Honeybee Health

Author: Les Crowder,Heather Harrell

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603584625

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 192

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In recent years beekeepers have had to face tremendous challenges, from pests such as varroa and tracheal mites and from the mysterious but even more devastating phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Yet in backyards and on rooftops all over the world, bees are being raised successfully, even without antibiotics, miticides, or other chemical inputs.More and more organically minded beekeepers are now using top-bar hives, in which the shape of the interior resembles a hollow log. Long lasting and completely biodegradable, a topbar hive made of untreated wood allows bees to build comb naturally rather than simply filling prefabricated foundation frames in a typical box hive with added supers. Top-bar hives yield slightly less honey but produce more beeswax than a typical Langstroth box hive. Regular hive inspection and the removal of old combs helps to keep bees healthier and naturally disease-free. Top-Bar Beekeeping provides complete information on hive management and other aspects of using these innovative hives. All home and hobbyist beekeepers who have the time and interest in keeping bees intensively should consider the natural, low-stress methods outlined in this book. It will also appeal to home orchardists, gardeners, and permaculture practitioners who look to bees for pollination as well as honey or beeswax.

Natural Beekeeping with the Warré Hive

Author: David Heaf

Publisher: Lightning Source Incorporated

ISBN: 9781908904386

Category: Nature

Page: 106

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"Keeping bees in a more natural way is growing in popularity throughout the world. Older hive designs are being reappraised, and methods that have been used for over a century are being questioned. The People's Hive of Abbé Émile Warré (1867-1951) is one of the older designs that beekeepers find particularly attractive. Several commercial honey producers have already adapted it to fir their needs. Warréone-size box with top-bars, natural comb and insulting quilt, create ideal conditions for colony vitality and survival, as well as reducing consumption of honey stores in winter. The hive is now used worldwide in climates ranging from the tropics to the taïga."--Page 4 of cover.

The Thinking Beekeeper

A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives

Author: Christy Hemenway

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 0865717206

Category: Gardening

Page: 208

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A guide to an alternative method of keeping bees, shows how to cultivate top bar hives, in a book aimed an those interested in ensuring the viability of the bee population for years to come. Original.

Beginning Beekeeping

Everything You Need to Make Your Hive Thrive!

Author: Tanya Phillips

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1465458190

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 192

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Beginning Beekeeping is a simple, straightforward approach that gives you the basics to get started with beekeeping, while following a balanced, objective approach that weighs the pros and cons of conventional and organic methodologies. Featuring more than 120 beautiful color photos, this guide will help you will learn how to foster and maintain healthy, vibrant hive colonies, as well as to incorporate the various techniques and practices for keeping bees using conventional as well as more natural practices. In addition, you will learn how to troubleshoot and treat potential hive issues such as swarming, combating common pests, and alleviating other potentially destructive hive conditions. This helpful guide also explores how to create hives that are self-sustaining, with minimal intervention from the keeper. Additional content also covers how to maximize the benefits of a backyard hive for a more vibrant garden as well as rich, bountiful honey harvests.

Building Beehives For Dummies

Author: Howland Blackiston

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118312945

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 268

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Shows how to construct a beehive, including the typical components, necessary materials, and beekeeping accessories.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Beekeeping

Author: Buzz Bissinger,Dean Stiglitz

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101197811

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 224

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The buzz on beekeeping. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Beekeeping has all the information a beginning beekeeper needs to know to start a hive and keep it buzzing. Expert beekeepers Dean Stiglitz and Laurie Herboldsheimer, owners of Golden Rule Honey, take readers step by step through the entire process-from information on the inhabitants of a hive and how it works to collecting bees, keeping them healthy, raising a queen, harvesting honey and wax, and storing hives for the off- season.

Bees and Honey

From Flower to Jar

Author: Michael Weiler

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 138

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Based on careful observation and years of experience, Michael Weiler here reveals the secret life of bees. He looks at all aspects of a bee's life and work and vividly describes their remarkable world. This is a book for anyone interested in the intricacies of our natural world.

Storey's Guide to Keeping Honey Bees, 2nd Edition

Honey Production, Pollination, Health

Author: Malcolm T. Sanford,Richard E. Bonney

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 161212979X

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 288

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This trusted handbook is a must-have for novice and seasoned beekeepers alike. Now totally redesigned and featuring color photos and graphics, the second edition also includes up-to-date information on honey bee health. The go-to reference presents comprehensive yet accessible information on everything from planning hives and installing a colony to preventing disease and managing productive hives that will bear bountiful honey harvests year after year. This publication conforms to the EPUB Accessibility specification at WCAG 2.0 Level AA.

The Backyard Beekeeper, 4th Edition

An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden

Author: Kim Flottum

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1631593323

Category: House & Home

Page: 240

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A handbook to beekeeping, featuring advice for: setting up and caring for your own colonies; the best location to place your new bee colonies; the most practical and nontoxic ways to care for your bees; swarm control; using top bar hives; harvesting the products of a beehive and collecting and using honey; bee problems and treatments; information for urban bees and beekeepers; using your smoker the right way; better pest management; providing consistent and abundant good food; and, keeping your hives healthy.

Keeping Bees

Author: Vivian Head

Publisher: Arcturus Publishing

ISBN: 1848584385

Category: Nature

Page: N.A

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Bees are an integral part of our environment, and by keeping your own you can contribute to their survival as well as ensuring a constant supply of tasty, nutritious honey. Packed with practical and professional advice, this book is an invaluable companion for anyone wanting to try their hand at keeping bees. It tells you all you need to kno...

Keeping Bees with a Smile

A Vision and Practice of Natural Apiculture

Author: Fedor Lazutin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780984287352

Category: Bee culture

Page: 380

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One of Europe's most successful natural beekeepers shares an approach that is fun, healthful, rewarding, and accessible to all. In this richly illustrated volume, he provides instruction in making bee-friendly, well-insulated horizontal hives.

Bees, beekeeping, honey, and pollination

Author: Walter L. Gojmerac

Publisher: Avi Pub Co

ISBN: N.A

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 192

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Describes the different species of honeybees, looks at the behavior and characteristics of a colony, and discusses the bee's life cycle and the business of beekeeping

The Practical Beekeeper

Beekeeping Naturally

Author: Michael Bush

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781614760641

Category: Nature

Page: 674

View: 706

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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 main-stream 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 all three: Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced.

Song of Increase

Listening to the Wisdom of Honeybees for Kinder Beekeeping and a Better World

Author: Jacqueline Freeman

Publisher: Sounds True

ISBN: 1622037456

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 208

View: 7035

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The most joyful emanation produced by a colony of bees is known as the “song of increase”—declaring that the hive is flourishing and the bees are happy in its abundance. Song of Increase takes us inside the world of the honeybee to glean the wisdom of these fascinating creatures with whom humanity has shared a sacred bond for millennia. Within these pages is a bee-centric approach to living with honeybees, rather than advice for simply maximizing the products they provide. Jacqueline Freeman takes us beyond traditional beekeeping and offers a way to work in harmony with honeybees for both their good and ours. “Our way is one of kind observation,” she explains, “where we create supportive homes and fields for bees to live in, as well as tend the heartfelt relationships we form by being together.” Song of Increase focuses on hidden aspects of apiculture that lead us naturally to more sustainable practices. Freeman illuminates the unity consciousness that guides every action in the colony and how this profound awareness can influence the way we see both the natural world and ourselves. Each chapter presents a wealth of information about the life of bees, including Freeman’s personal insights and direct teachings received from the bees themselves.