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Everything you need to 'bee' a successful backyard beekeeper

If you've ever thought about becoming a backyard beekeeper-or have already tried a hand at it and want to be better one-then this is the book for you! In Beekeeping for Dummies, 4th Edition you'll find everything you need to know in order to start your own colony, including how to assemble and maintain beehives, handle every phase of honey production, purchase and use all the latest tools, and what to do beyond your first season.

This hands-on guide provides all the tools, tips, tricks, and techniques needed to become a real backyard beekeeper. You'll learn to identify the queen from her workers and drones, properly open and close the hive, distinguish one type of honey from another, and preserve your colony if disaster should strike.

  • Keep bees on a small urban rooftop or in a large country yard
  • Assemble your own hive and sustain it for years to come
  • Safely inspect and manage your colony
  • Harvest and sell your own honey

Becoming a backyard beekeeper isn't as hard as people think-and with this hands-on guide, you'll be able to create one honey of a colony that will have the neighbors buzzing.

Howland Blackiston has been a backyard 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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Howland Blackiston has been a backyard 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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  • Learn what to do in your first season and beyond
  • Keep your bees healthy using natural methods
  • Manage all phases of honey production

The bestselling, hands-on guide to beekeeping

Find out what all the buzz is about beekeeping. Beekeeping For Dummies gives you details on starting and managing your own backyard colonies with practical, up-to-date information on all things apicultural. Whether you're a newbie or an old hand looking for the latest tools and techniques, this hands-on guide tells you what you need to know to keep happy, healthy honey bees, understand bee behavior, use the latest hiving techniques, and a whole lot more. You can also check out how-to beekeeping videos online.

Inside

  • Manage a Langstroth or Top Bar hive
  • Keep bees in the 'burbs or the city
  • Acquire bees and install them safely
  • Learn when and how to inspect your bees
  • Identify and fix common problems
  • Save using enclosed coupons for beekeeping supplies


Résumé
Everything you need to 'bee' a successful backyard beekeeper

If you've ever thought about becoming a backyard beekeeperor have already tried a hand at it and want to be better onethen this is the book for you! In Beekeeping for Dummies, 4th Edition you'll find everything you need to know in order to start your own colony, including how to assemble and maintain beehives, handle every phase of honey production, purchase and use all the latest tools, and what to do beyond your first season.

This hands-on guide provides all the tools, tips, tricks, and techniques needed to become a real backyard beekeeper. You'll learn to identify the queen from her workers and drones, properly open and close the hive, distinguish one type of honey from another, and preserve your colony if disaster should strike.

  • Keep bees on a small urban rooftop or in a large country yard
  • Assemble your own hive and sustain it for years to come
  • Safely inspect and manage your colony
  • Harvest and sell your own honey

Becoming a backyard beekeeper isn't as hard as people thinkand with this hands-on guide, you'll be able to create one honey of a colony that will have the neighbors buzzing.

Contenu

Foreword v

Introduction 1

About This Book 1

Foolish Assumptions 3

Icons Used in This Book 3

Beyond the Book 4

Where to Go from Here 5

Part 1: Taking Flight with Beekeeping 7

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

Discovering the Benefits of Beekeeping 10

Harvesting liquid gold: Honey 11

Bees as pollinators: Their vital role to our food supply 11

Being part of the bigger picture: Save the bees! 13

Getting an education: And passing it on! 13

Improving your health: Bee therapies and stress relief 15

Determining Your Beekeeping Potential 16

Environmental considerations 16

Zoning and legal restrictions 16

Costs and equipment 17

How many hives do you need? 17

What kind of honey bees should you raise? 17

Time and commitment 18

Beekeeper personality traits 18

Allergies 19

Deciding Which Beekeeping Approach to Follow 19

Medicated beekeeping 20

Natural beekeeping 20

Organic beekeeping 21

Combining approaches 21

Chapter 2: Getting to Know Your Honey Bees 23

Basic Body Parts 24

Skeleton 24

Head 25

Thorax 26

Abdomen 27

The Amazing Language of Bees 27

Pheromones 27

Shall we dance? 28

Getting to Know the Male and the Two Female Castes 29

Her majesty, the queen 30

The industrious little worker bee 32

House bees 33

Housekeeping (days 1 to 3) 33

Undertaking (days 3 to 16) 33

Working in the nursery (days 4 to 12) 34

Attending royalty (days 7 to 12) 34

Going grocery shopping (days 12 to 18) 34

Fanning (days 12 to 18) 34

Becoming architects and master builders (days 12 to 35) 36

Guarding the home (days 18 to 21) 36

Field bees 36

The woeful drone 37

The Honey Bee Life Cycle 39

Egg 39

Larva 41

Pupa 41

Other Stinging Insects 43

Bumblebee 44

Carpenter bee 44

Mason bee 45

Wasp 45

Yellow jacket 46

Bald-faced hornet 47

Part 2: Starting Your Adventure 49

Chapter 3: Alleviating Apprehensions and Making Decisions 51

Overcoming Sting Phobia 52

Knowing what to do if you're stung 53

Watching for allergic reactions 54

Building up a tolerance 54

Understanding Local Laws and Ordinances 54

Easing the Minds of Family and Neighbors 55

Location, Location, Location: Where to Keep Your Hives 56

Knowing what makes a perfect bee yard 57

Urban considerations 59

Dealing with nervous neighbors 59

City bees have the same needs as country bees 59

Deciding where to put your hives 59

Strike a deal with a community garden 60

Speak to your landlord about roof rights 60

Providing for your thirsty bees 60

Understanding the correlation between geographical area and honey flavors 63

Knowing When to Start Your Adventure 64

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

The Langstroth Hive 66

The Kenyan Top Bar Hive 68

The Warré (People's) Hive 71

The Flow Hive 74

The Five-Frame Nuc Hive 77

The Observation Hive 79

Make a Beeline to the Best Beehive 81

Hives for harvesting honey 82

Hives for pollinating your garden 82

A hive for learning and teaching 82

Chapter 5: Basic Equipment for Beekeepers 85

Starting Out with the Langstroth Hive 86

Knowing the Basic Woodenware Parts of the Langstroth Hive 86

Hive stand 87

Bottom board 87

Entrance reducer 89

Deep-hive body 89

Queen excluder 90

Shallow or medium honey super 91

Frames 92

Foundation 95

Inner cover 98

Outer cover 99

Knowing the Basic Parts of a Top Bar Hive 99

The top bar 100

Everything else 101

Ordering Hive Parts 101

Startup hive kits 102

Setting up shop 102

Adding on Feeders 104

Hive-top feeder 104

Entrance feeder 105

Pail feeder 106

Baggie feeder 107

Frame feeder 108

Top Bar hive feeders 109

Fundamental Tools 110

Smoker 110

Hive tool and frame lifter 111

Bee-Proof Clothing 112

Veils 112

Gloves 112

Really Helpful Accessories 114

Elevated hive stand 114

Frame rest 116

Bee brush 117

Slatted rack 117

Screened bottom board 118

Beekeeper's toolbox 119

Chapter 6: Obtaining and Installing Your Bees 121

Determining the Kind of Bee You Want 121

Deciding How to Obtain Your Initial Bee Colony 124

Ordering package bees 124

Buying a nuc colony 126

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Informations sur le produit

Titre: Beekeeping For Dummies
Auteur:
Code EAN: 9781119311034
ISBN: 978-1-119-31103-4
Protection contre la copie numérique: Adobe DRM
Format: eBook (epub)
Editeur: For Dummies
Genre: Élevage d'animaux
nombre de pages: 480
Parution: 22.12.2016
Année: 2016
Auflage: 4. Aufl.
Sous-titre: Englisch
Taille de fichier: 46.6 MB