Top-bar Beekeeping

Organic Practices for Honeybee Health

Author: Les Crowder,Heather Harrell

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603584617

Category: Nature

Page: 175

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Discusses top-bar hives as an organic approach to raising bees without antibiotics, miticides, and other chemicals, and reviews the basics of beekeeping and how to manage the hive through the seasons.

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.

Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping

Next Steps for the Thinking Beekeeper

Author: Christy Hemenway

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 1550926055

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 208

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Bee populations are plummeting worldwide. Colony Collapse Disorder poses a serious threat to many plants which rely on bees for pollination, including a significant proportion of our food crops. Top bar hives are based on the concept of understanding and working with bees' natural systems, enabling top bar beekeepers to produce honey and natural wax while helping bees thrive now and in the years ahead. Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping picks up where The Thinking Beekeeper left off, providing a wealth of information for backyard beekeepers ready to take the next step with this economical, bee-friendly approach. Author Christy Hemenway shares: Guidance and techniques for the second season and beyond An in-depth analysis of the dangers climate change and conventional agriculture present to pollinators An inspiring vision of restoring bee populations through organic farming and natural, chemical-free beekeeping. While continuing to emphasize the intimate connection between our food system, bees, and the wellbeing of the planet, Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping breaks new ground in the quest to shift the dominant agricultural paradigm away from chemical-laden, industrial monoculture and towards healthy, diverse local farming. See what all the buzz is about with this must-read guide for the new breed of thinking beekeeper. Christy Hemenway is the owner and founder of Gold Star Honeybees, a complete resource for all things related to beekeeping in top bar hives. A passionate bee-vangelist and advocate for natural, chemical-free beekeeping, Christy is the author of The Thinking Beekeeper: A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives.

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.

Build Your Own Beekeeping Equipment

Author: Tony Pisano

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1612120598

Category: House & Home

Page: 159

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Presents detailed instructions on constructing housing and other equipment for beekeeping, including information on installing electric fencing, building hive stands, and making swarm-catching kits.

Natural Beekeeping

Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture, 2nd Edition

Author: Ross Conrad

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603583637

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 304

View: 3971

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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.

Balanced Beekeeping II: Managing the Top Bar Hive

Author: Philip Chandler

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1326497650

Category: Pets

Page: 386

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If The Barefoot Beekeeper was the harbinger of the 'natural beekeeping' movement, then this is the workshop manual. Together with its companion volume - Balanced Beekeeping I: Building a Top Bar Hive - this book will lead you gently into a fascinating relationship with the most engaging of nature's workers: the honeybee. The author draws on 15 years of experience with many types of hive in the both amateur and professional beekeeping contexts. You will want this book beside you for years to come!

Balanced Beekeeping I: Building a Top Bar Hive

Author: Philip Chandler

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1291620397

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 98

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Top bar beekeeping really is 'beekeeping for everyone' - including people with mobility problems, bad backs, or a general reluctance to lift boxes: there is no heavy lifting once your hive is in place, as honey is harvested by the comb rather than by the box. Top bar hives are good for bees, good for the beekeeper and good for the environment. In this book, I will show you how easy it can be to build your own hive from scratch, using new or reclaimed timber and a few simple tools. If you can make a decent job of putting up a shelf, you can build yourself a fully functioning hive that bees will be proud to call home. By the author of The Barefoot Beekeeper.

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...

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.

Honey Bees

Letters from the Hive

Author: Stephen Buchmann

Publisher: Ember

ISBN: 0385737718

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 212

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Introduces the intricate world of honeybees, revealing the myriad functions of hives, the fundamental link between bees and humans, and pressing environmental concerns.

Family Friendly Farming

A Multi-generational Home-based Business Testament

Author: Joel Salatin

Publisher: Polyface Incorporated

ISBN: 9780963810939

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 402

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The World History of Beekeeping and Honey Hunting

Author: Ethel Eva Crane

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136746692

Category: Reference

Page: 720

View: 3159

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This definitive work by world-renowned bee authority Eva Crane offers a fascinating account of bees and their complex relations with both humans and animals. Comprehensive, absorbing, and lavishly illustrated, this scholarly, yet accessible volume explores how bees, honey and other bee products have been gathered and utilized throughout the world. Beginning with the rock paintings of the Mesolithic cave dwellers, readers will learn about the variety of methods used by human beekeepers, the stratagems used by animal honey-hunters, and the multitude of products humans have derived from bees. The first in-depth book on the subject, the World History of Beekeeping and Honey-Hunting is the ultimate work on bees for scholars in biology and the life sciences, professional and amateur beekeepers, and anyone who is interested in bees or the collection of honey.

How to keep bees

a handbook for the use of beginners

Author: Anna Botsford Comstock,Charles C. Miller Memorial Apicultural Library

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Bee culture

Page: 228

View: 7706

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Beekeeping

Author: Buzz Bissinger,Dean Stiglitz

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101197811

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 224

View: 7356

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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.