Natural Beekeeping

Natural Beekeeping Author Ross Conrad
ISBN-10 9781603583633
Year 2013-03-08
Pages 304
Language en
Publisher Chelsea Green Publishing
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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.

Natural Beekeeping

Natural Beekeeping Author Ross Conrad
ISBN-10 9781603583626
Year 2013
Pages 285
Language en
Publisher Chelsea Green Publishing
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Offers an alternative to conventional chemical beekeeping practices with a natural hive management program, and includes information on bee anatomy, urban beekeeping, working with queens, mite control, and hive diseases.

Natural Beekeeping

Natural Beekeeping Author Ross Conrad
ISBN-10 9781603581318
Year 2007-06-13
Pages
Language en
Publisher Chelsea Green Publishing
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The various chemicals used in beekeeping have, for the past decades, held "Varroa Destructor," a mite, and other major pests at bay, but chemical resistance is building and evolution threatens to overtake the best that laboratory chemists have to offer. In fact, there is evidence that chemical treatments are making the problem worse. "Natural Beekeeping" flips the script on traditional approaches by proposing a program of selective breeding and natural hive management. Conrad brings together the best organic and natural approaches to keeping honeybees healthy and productive. Readers will learn about nontoxic methods of controlling mites, eliminating American foulbrood disease (without the use of antibiotics), breeding strategies, and many other tips and techniques for maintaining healthy hives. Specific concepts and detailed management techniques are covered in a matter-of-fact, easy-to-implement way. "Natural Beekeeping" describes opportunities for the seasoned professional to modify existing operations, increase profits, and eliminate the use of chemical treatments. Beginners will need no other book to guide them. Whether you are 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.

Top Bar Beekeeping

Top Bar Beekeeping Author Les Crowder
ISBN-10 9781603584623
Year 2012-11-27
Pages 192
Language en
Publisher Chelsea Green Publishing
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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.

Save the Bees with Natural Backyard Hives

Save the Bees with Natural Backyard Hives Author Rob McFarland
ISBN-10 9781624141577
Year 2015-11-10
Pages 192
Language en
Publisher Page Street Publishing
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Save the Bees with Natural, Chemical-Free Beekeeping Rob and Chelsea McFarland first started caring for bees, then founded the nonprofit HoneyLove, to meet a need often heard today - we've got to save the bees. For more than two decades, honeybee colonies have steadily declined around the world. Bees and other pollinators are one of the most critical components of our food supply - if they disappear, so do we. You can make a difference by becoming a natural, treatment-free beekeeper right in your backyard. Save the Bees offers different, easy and healthier ways to keep your own hive! Rob and Chelsea share all the wisdom from this ancient practice in a way that is fresh, modern and easy for anyone to do. Along the way, they bust up some common bee myths: - You don't need to spend thousands of dollars on equipment. They tell you the most essential tools you need to get started and what you can make yourself. - You don't need any chemicals, pesticides or supplements to keep your bees healthy. Rob and Chelsea tell you how to recognize and maintain a healthy hive and how to save a failing one. The treatment-free way is not just a way to keep bees; it's the best way - good for you, the bees and the world. Save the Bees breaks down the complexity of beekeeping so you can learn step-by-step how to acquire a colony, care for it and reap the reward - that incredibly delicious, all-natural, chemical-free, unprocessed, sweet, sweet honey. Not to mention you'll be welcomed into the quirky, amazing and fun family of beekeepers around the world. So get on board and let's save some bees.

Keeping Bees with a Smile

Keeping Bees with a Smile Author Fedor Lazutin
ISBN-10 0984287353
Year 2013-08
Pages 380
Language en
Publisher
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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.

The Beekeeper s Handbook

The Beekeeper s Handbook Author Diana Sammataro
ISBN-10 9780801485039
Year 1998
Pages 190
Language en
Publisher Cornell University Press
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Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile have revised and expanded their clear and comprehensive guide to cover changes in beekeeping. They discuss the crisis created by the parasitic bee mites. In less than a decade, for example, Varroa mites have saturated the North American honeybee population with disastrous results, devastating both managed and wild populations. The new edition of The Beekeeper's Handbook covers mite detection and control as well as the selection and testing of bees that may have some tolerance to mites.*Serves as a comprehensive well-illustrated introduction for beginners and a valuable reference for the experienced beekeeper.*Outlines options for each operation within beekeeping, listing advantages and disadvantages of each alternative.*Provides easy-to-follow directions and diagrams.*Includes glossary and updated bibliography suggesting more detailed information on the topics discussed.

The Practical Beekeeper

The Practical Beekeeper Author Michael Bush
ISBN-10 1614760640
Year 2011
Pages 674
Language en
Publisher
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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.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Beekeeping

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Beekeeping Author Buzz Bissinger
ISBN-10 9781101197813
Year 2010-05-04
Pages 224
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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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.

A Short History of the Honey Bee

A Short History of the Honey Bee Author
ISBN-10 9780881929423
Year 2009
Pages 163
Language en
Publisher Timber Press (OR)
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Looks at the life cycle of honeybees, their funcion, and their impact on the environment, along with information on beekeeping and the collection of honey.

Homegrown Honey Bees

Homegrown Honey Bees Author Alethea Morrison
ISBN-10 9781603428811
Year 2013-02-15
Pages 160
Language en
Publisher Storey Publishing
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Discover the joys of harvesting honey from your own backyard. Alethea Morrison outlines what you’ll need to know to make it through the first year, while stunning macrophotography by Mars Vilaubi brings the inner workings of the hive to life. With in-depth discussions of allergies, colony hierarchy, bee behavior, and more, this approachably informative guide bursts with enthusiastic encouragement. Keep your own bees, and enjoy the sweet buzz.

Honeybee Democracy

Honeybee Democracy Author Thomas D. Seeley
ISBN-10 9781400835959
Year 2010-09-20
Pages 280
Language en
Publisher Princeton University Press
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Honeybees make decisions collectively--and democratically. Every year, faced with the life-or-death problem of choosing and traveling to a new home, honeybees stake everything on a process that includes collective fact-finding, vigorous debate, and consensus building. In fact, as world-renowned animal behaviorist Thomas Seeley reveals, these incredible insects have much to teach us when it comes to collective wisdom and effective decision making. A remarkable and richly illustrated account of scientific discovery, Honeybee Democracy brings together, for the first time, decades of Seeley's pioneering research to tell the amazing story of house hunting and democratic debate among the honeybees. In the late spring and early summer, as a bee colony becomes overcrowded, a third of the hive stays behind and rears a new queen, while a swarm of thousands departs with the old queen to produce a daughter colony. Seeley describes how these bees evaluate potential nest sites, advertise their discoveries to one another, engage in open deliberation, choose a final site, and navigate together--as a swirling cloud of bees--to their new home. Seeley investigates how evolution has honed the decision-making methods of honeybees over millions of years, and he considers similarities between the ways that bee swarms and primate brains process information. He concludes that what works well for bees can also work well for people: any decision-making group should consist of individuals with shared interests and mutual respect, a leader's influence should be minimized, debate should be relied upon, diverse solutions should be sought, and the majority should be counted on for a dependable resolution. An impressive exploration of animal behavior, Honeybee Democracy shows that decision-making groups, whether honeybee or human, can be smarter than even the smartest individuals in them.

Song of Increase

Song of Increase Author Jacqueline Freeman
ISBN-10 1622037448
Year 2016-09-01
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher
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The most joyful emanation produced by a colony of bees is known as the song of increase an ecstatic chorus declaring the hive s readiness to depart an outgrown home in order to flourish elsewhere. "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. Readers won t find in these pages the latest tricks for getting the most honey from your bees. Our way is one of kind observation, explains Jacqueline Freeman, where we create supportive homes and fields for bees to live in and tend the heartfelt relationships we form by being together. Focusing on the hidden aspects of apiculture that lead us naturally to more sustainable practices, she illuminates the unity consciousness that guides every action in the colony and how this profound awareness can influence the way we see both ourselves and the natural world. 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. "