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Backyard Beekeeping : 2nd Edition  - Courtenay N Smithers

Backyard Beekeeping

2nd Edition


Published: 1st September 2011
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There is room for a hive of bees in many a suburban garden and there is always something special about eating honey from your own hives. This revised second edition of Backyard Beekeeping is written especially for those who would like to experience that healthy pleasure. It is a comprehensive reference for all wishing to keep healthy bees and produce delicious honey.

It provides essential information on the bees life cycle, the basic equipment required for beekeeping, where to position hives, and obtain a bee colony, how to care for a colony and increase its size, the harvesting of honey and wax, how to move hives, swarm control and the nectar and pollen flowers that attract bees to Australian and New Zealand gardens.


great short read


We had delivery difficulties at first but then went through the post office service which was successful. Booktopia's Jessica was clear in dealing with delivery problem.



Good readable information


This oldie but goodie provides a compendium of information for the amateur beekeeper, especially anyone contemplating taking up the art.

Melbourne, AU


Backyard Beekeeping

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Prefacep. 7
Introduction to Beekeepingp. 8
The importance of beesp. 8
Kinds of honey beep. 8
The Life of the Beep. 10
The three castesp. 10
The life cyclep. 11
Colony sizep. 12
Size of cellsp. 12
Space between combsp. 13
Sharing the workp. 13
Recognising one anotherp. 16
Communicatingp. 16
"Communicating" by pheromonesp. 17
Navigationp. 17
Rememberingp. 18
Swarmingp. 18
Supersedurep. 19
Emergency queen-rearingp. 19
Bee foodp. 19
Basic Beekeeping Equipmentp. 21
The beehivep. 21
Stands for hivesp. 27
Smokerp. 27
Hive toolp. 28
Bee brushp. 28
Queen excluderp. 28
Protective clothingp. 28
Where to Keep Your Hivesp. 30
Examining the Hivep. 32
How to open a hivep. 32
What to look for during routine inspectionp. 33
Where to Get Beesp. 36
Buying a hive containing a colonyp. 36
Obtaining a nucleusp. 36
Catching a swarmp. 37
Hiving a swarmp. 37
Removing a wild colonyp. 37
Harvesting Honey from the Hivesp. 38
Removing the framesp. 38
Uncappingp. 39
Extractingp. 40
Storage of honeyp. 40
Forms of honeyp. 41
Taking the Wax Cropp. 42
Taking Care of the Beesp. 44
Spring inspectionp. 44
Kinds of supersp. 45
Queen excludersp. 45
When to "super"p. 46
Fresh airp. 46
Feeding the beesp. 47
What to providep. 47
Feedersp. 48
Pollen and pollen substitutesp. 48
Swarming, Swarm Control and Abscondingp. 50
Causes of swarmingp. 50
Indications that swarming is likelyp. 51
Ways of preventing swarmingp. 51
Abscondingp. 52
Increasing the Number of Coloniesp. 53
Moving Hivesp. 55
Moving a few metresp. 55
Moving up to 1.5 kilometresp. 55
Long-distance movesp. 56
Requeentng a Colonyp. 58
Getting Ready for Winterp. 60
Honey and Pollen Florap. 62
Honey and Its Usesp. 65
Chemical compositionp. 65
Physical characteristicsp. 66
Crystallisationp. 66
Effects of heatp. 66
Honey as a commodityp. 66
The uses of honeyp. 67
Diseases, Pests and Ailmentsp. 68
Diseasesp. 68
Ailmentsp. 70
Dealing with doubtful causes of deathp. 70
Pestsp. 71
Bee Stingsp. 73
Legislationp. 75
Glossaryp. 75
Further Readingp. 75
Indexp. 78
Index of Honey and Pollen Florap. 80
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ISBN: 9781921719196
ISBN-10: 1921719192
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 88
Published: 1st September 2011
Publisher: Rosenberg Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 18.0  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised