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Honey Bee Hobbyist : The Care and Keeping of Bees - Norman Gary

Honey Bee Hobbyist

The Care and Keeping of Bees

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Bee keeping isn't just for the professional farmer—bees can be kept in any situation from the simple backyard patio and garden to large expanses of farm land. This comprehensive and attractive beekeeping guide, from Hobby Farm Press, the same people who bring you Hobby Farms and Hobby Farm Home magazine, Beekeeping takes readers from finding their bees, housing them, collecting honey and using their produce for pleasure and possible profit. This colorful book, including entertaining chapters on the history of bees and beekeeping, serves as an extensive introduction to help novice beekeepers fully understand this exciting hobby!

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Entertaining and informative

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Humorous and highly informative. Clearly written for a North American audience (i.e. cold snowy winters)but still mostly applicable to our temperate clime.

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I use this book whenever I am about to inspect my hives to remind me of things I need to look for. The best are the many illustrations and the great ideas. One in particular is the method of keeping the smoker alive. Advice about bee behavior is spot on. Activities needed to keep hives healthy are spot on. I have read many other books but this is the most useful for me. Great reference.

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- To BEEkeep or not to BEEkeep
Bees as pets
The fear of stings
Getting help from other beekeepers
Where to keep your hives
When to start a new colony
Ordinances that regulate beekeeping
- The world of honey bees
The honey bee society
Nose-to-nose with a honey bee
The head
The thorax
The abdomen
Inside the bee
The alimentary canal
- The bee's home
Hive structure
Nest architecture
Components of the hive
- Getting started
Hive equipment you need
Tools and protective clothing
Buying bees for your hive
Borrowing bees from a friend
Catching a swarm
Buying an established colony
When to expand hive size
- Reproduction
The queen
Reproduction within colonies
Production of new colonies
Life Expectancy
- Activities inside the hive
Temperature control
Grooming behavior
Nest cleaning
Comb building
Communication and food sharing
Bee Dances
Feeding larvae
Food processing and storage
Drone activities
Division of labor
- Activities outside the hive
Plants that yield pollen and nectar
Dynamics of foraging
Nectar foraging
Weather effects on foraging
Moving hives to the honey flow
Water foraging
Propolis foraging
Pollen foraging
- Colony defense and sting prevention
Bee stings
Causes of colony defense
How to BEEhave near the hive
Magic Smoke
How to use the bee smoker
Opening the hive safely
How a sting works
Defusing the sting
Reactions to stings
Africanized Bees
- How to manage bee colonies
Seasonal cycles in colonies
Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall
Monitoring hive conditions
Protecting bees from themselves
Brood pattern
Food stores
Worker bee population
Adequate comb space
Threat of spring swarming
How to prevent swarming
How to move hives
Dividing colonies
How to introduce queens
Feeding bee colonies
Producing high quality combs
Pollen feeding
Diseases of bees
Parasites of bees
Pests of bees
Pesticide threats
Benefits of honey bee pollination
Potential problems with neighbors
Arrangement of hives in apiary
- Harvestable products from the hive
Composition of honey
Granulation of honey
Fermentation of honey
Hygroscopic properties
Harvesting honey from the hive
Extracting honey from the combs
Processing and storing honey
Eating honey in the comb
Pollen as human food
Propolis
Bee venom
Appendix A - Fun things to do with bees
Glossary
Resources
Index
About the author
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781933958941
ISBN-10: 1933958944
Series: Hobby Farm
Audience: General
For Ages: 12+ years old
For Grades: 7+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 23rd November 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 20.4  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.7