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Beekeeping: A Practical Guide

Handbook / Manual

By: Richard E Bonney(Author)

184 pages, illustrations

Storey Publishing

Paperback | Jan 1993 | #238274 | ISBN: 0882668617
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About this book

Keep your own bees and enjoy delicious golden honey from your own backyard. With his respect and admiration for bees evident on every page, Richard E. Bonney describes how to acquire bees, manage a hive, prevent and treat diseases, and extract a crop of honey. Enthusiastic beekeepers of every stripe and experience level will benefit from Bonney's astonishing knowledge of the craft – from beekeeping history and honeybee biology to the complex social structure of the hive.


Contents

INTRODUCTION
1. BEFORE WE START
      The Beekeeper's Commitment
      Dimensions of Beekeeping
      Stings
      Legal Considerations
      History of Beekeeping
      How to Get Started
2. THE BEES
      What Is a Honey Bee?
      Occupants of the Hive
      Development
      Activities and Behavior
      Life of a Worker Bee
      Cycle of the Year
      Colony Reproduction: Swarming
      Nutrition and Feeding
      Communications
3. GETTING STARTED
      Hive Location
      Equipment and Supplies
      Acquiring Bees
      Working with Bees
      Installing Bees
      Initial Management
4. ONGOING MANAGEMENT
      The First Summer
      Fall Management
      The Coming Year
5. REMOVING THE CROP
      Methods for Clearing Bees and Removing Supers
      Extracting and Handling Honey
      Comb Honey
      Other Hive Products
6. DISEASES, PESTS, AND PREDATORS
      Diseases of Honey Bees
      Parasitic Mites
      Nonproblem Creatures for Honey Bees
      Problem Creatures for Honey Bees
      The Africanized Bee
      Pesticides

APPENDICES
Appendix A: Publications about Beekeeping
Appendix B: Sources
Appendix C: Glossary


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Biography

Veteran beekeeper Richard E. Bonney, author of Hive Management, Beekeeping, and co-author of Storey's Guide to Keeping Honey Bees, was the longtime owner of Charlemont Apiaries in Charlemont, Massachusetts.

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