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Beekeeping For Dummies, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-94546-9
456 pages
March 2015
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Your guide to becoming a successful back yard beekeeper

Want to find out what all the buzz is about beekeeping? The latest edition of Beekeeping For Dummies gives you the most trusted and up-to-date information on safely keeping your own bees, including complete instructions for assembling and maintaining beehives, handling all phases of honey production, using the latest tools and equipment, and much more.

Keeping your own bees has many benefits: they not only pollinate your garden, but you can harvest the honey, honeycomb, propolis, bee pollen, and wax. With the expert guidance in Beekeeping For Dummies, you'll get the know-how to acquire your own bees and transfer them safely to their new home, securely open and close the hive, inspect your bees at the right time, handle common problems, and extract honey like a pro.

  • Includes expert tips for maintaining a healthy bee colonyContains options for using natural (non-chemical) methods for keeping bees healthy
  • Has information for keeping bees in both suburban and urban environments
  • Covers harvesting and marketing your honey
  • Explores the impact the sudden disappearance of the honey bee has on our environment and economy
  • Provides information on how to raise your own queen bees and improve the genetics of your colonies
If you're brand-new to the scene or a seasoned beekeeper looking for the latest tools, techniques and information on back yard beekeeping, this hands-on, friendly guide has you covered.
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Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Beekeeping 7

Chapter 1: To Bee, or Not to Bee? 9

Chapter 2: Life Inside the Honey Bee Hive 21

Part II: Starting Your Adventure 47

Chapter 3: Alleviating Apprehensions and Making Decisions 49

Chapter 4: Selecting a Hive That’s Perfect for You 65

Chapter 5: Basic Equipment for Beekeepers 83

Chapter 6: Obtaining and Installing Your Bees 117

Part III: Time for a Peek 137

Chapter 7: Opening Your Hive 139

Chapter 8: What to Expect When You're Inspecting 153

Chapter 9: Different Seasons, Different Activities 171

Part IV: Common Problems and Simple Solutions 189

Chapter 10: Anticipating and Preventing Potential Problems 191

Chapter 11: Colony Collapse Disorder 217

Chapter 12: Diseases and Remedies 225

Chapter 13: Honey Bee Pests 235

Chapter 14: Raising Your Own Queens 261

Part V: Sweet Rewards 283

Chapter 15: Honey, I Love You . 285

Chapter 16: Getting Ready for the Golden Harvest 303

Chapter 17: Honey Harvest Day 319

Part VI: Part of Tens 333

Chapter 18: (Almost) Ten Fun Things to Do with Bees 335

Chapter 19: More Than Ten Frequently Asked Questions about Bee Behavior 361

Chapter 20: My Ten Favorite Honey Recipes 365

Part VII: Appendix 377

Appendix A: Helpful Resources 379

Appendix B: Beekeeper's Checklist 393

Glossary 395

Index 401

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Author Information

Howland Blackiston has been a back yard beekeeper since 1984. He's written many articles on beekeeping and appeared on dozens of television and radio programs. He is also the author of Building Beehives for Dummies, which provides detailed instructions on how to build hives from scratch.

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