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The Australian Beekeeping Manual - Robert Owen

The Australian Beekeeping Manual

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Published: 15th February 2016
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The book is aimed at both the novice and experienced beekeeper in Australia and explains in detail the steps required to manage colonies of bees. Supported by over 350 photographs and drawings, each action to be performed is explained in detail with photographs showing the steps as well as the final result. Many potential beekeepers are unclear about the equipment they need to buy and how to obtain their first colony of bees.

The first chapters in the book explain in detail the equipment needed as well as equipment that may be useful later on as their confidence and experience grows. The chapter ‘Your First Bees’ explains how to obtain bees, where to locate them in the garden, and the basics of colony management. In addition to chapters on keeping bees, there are detailed chapters on the life cycle of the honey bee, extracting honey, the bee-friendly garden, entering honey in competitions, native bees and rearing queens. The result is a comprehensive manual that includes material not available in other Australian, North American or European books and is the ultimate Australian reference source.

About the Author

Robert Owen was introduced to the world of beekeeping in 2002 and hasn’t looked back. At first beekeeping was a hobby but it has now evolved into a family business, Bob’s Beekeeping Supplies, that offers beekeeping equipment and education. This book is the culmination of his own years of expertise and experience and also draws on the individual tales he has heard of the challenges and successes of managing honey bees in various environments.

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    Australian Beekeeping Manual .
    Well written , informative
    Lots of Colour photos & illustrations .
    Easy to understand .

     
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    At long last a comprehensive Australian manual for apiarists

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      As a relatively new bee keeper and living in a remote region I found it frustrating that most detailed information on the subject was written for the northern hemisphere and climates nothing like Australia. This is an incredibly comprehensive manual that is written in such an easy to read style and is so well structured that it is easy to find whatever you specifically need to know, and in great technical detail if you want it. If not you can gloss over the detail and quickly find exactly what you need. Congratulations to the author I only wish you published 2 years ago when I started bee keeping!

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        A great reference book and very practical with step-by-step diagrams and photos.

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        A good, simple but thorough, beekeeping book

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          This is a great, concise reference with a focus on Australian beekeeping, and will give you a grounding in every phase of the beekeeping operation. It's a great way to narrow down the information overload, since it seems everyone has an opinion on beekeeping, and half of them are contradictory, or irrelevant to Australian conditions.

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          "a standout reference for the new beekeeper...Even experienced beekeepers will learn a thing or two...contain(s) a wealth of information and is better value than many bee books currently on the market"

          Introduction

          Chapter 1 - Life history of the honey bee - Castes of the honey bee - The Western honey bee and its subspecies - Lifecycle of the honey bee - Mating and drone congregation areas - Life as a young adult bee - Collecting nectar and pollen - Communications and navigation - Honey bees as superorganisms - Superorganism decision making

          Chapter 2 - Basic equipment and protective clothing - Equipment - Protective clothing

          Chapter 3 - Constructing hives - Constructing a hive - Other parts of a hive

          Chapter 4 - Frames and how to build them - Frames - Cleaning used frames - Attaching foundation to the frame - Using wax or plastic foundation - Using plastic sides for frames

          Chapter 5 - Your first bees - Obtaining your first bees - What kind of bees should I keep? - Should I buy an established hive or catch a swarm? - Swarms and swarm catching - Transferring an established colony - Moving hives - General maintenance and inspections during the first year

          Chapter 6 - Locating your bees - Locating hives on your property - Hive position in summer and winter - Urban beekeeping - Feeding bees water

          Chapter 7 - Spring and summer management - Inspections - Inspecting hives during late spring and summer - what is involved? - Managing the build-up of bees in your hive to maximise honey production - Managing the honey flow - Merging colonies - Feeding syrup - Sugar candy - Feeding pollen or pollen substitute - Swarms - Splits - Demaree method - Providing hives for pollination - Collecting pollen

          Chapter 8 - Autumn and winter management - Autumn - The winter shutdown - Winter

          Chapter 9 Extracting - Using a sieve to harvest honey - Use of an extractor to harvest honey - Choosing an extractor - Type of extractor to buy - Comb honey - Reuse of wax foundation - Colour of wax

          Chapter 10 Preparing honey for sale and for competitions - Preparing honey for sale - Preparing honey for competitions

          Chapter 11 Rearing queens - Introduction - The three reasons for a colony to produce a new queen - Hive splitting - Queen candy

          Chapter 12 Sustainable beekeeping - Natural beekeeping hives

          Chapter 13 The bee-friendly garden - Bee-friendly flowering plants - Further considerations of the bee-friendly garden - A garden is a work in progress

          Chapter 14 Native bees - Social bees - Solitary bees

          Chapter 15 Diseases of the honey bee - Diseases of brood - Good management practices to minimise disease in the colony - American Foul Brood (AFB) - European Foul Brood (EFB) - Sacbrood virus (SBV) - Chalkbrood - Adult bee diseases - Nosema - Deformed wing virus (DWV) Chapter 16 Parasites of the honey bee - Varroa - Tropilaelaps mites - the Asian mite Chapter 17 Pests of the honey bee - Wax Moth - Small Hive Beetle (SHB) - Braula fly

          Chapter 18 Other problems of the honey bee - Pesticide and fungicide poisoning - Chilled brood - Overheating of the hive - Damp hives - Cane toads - Ants - Mice - Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)

          Chapter 19 Other types of bees and wasps - The Asian honey bee (Apis cerana) - Bumblebees - Wasps - Asian hornets - Other races of Apis mellifera - Other species of Asian bees

          Appendix: Size of frames and boxes Glossary Acknowledgements and photographic credits Bibliography Index

          ISBN: 9781921966880
          ISBN-10: 1921966882
          Audience: General
          Format: Hardcover
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 352
          Published: 15th February 2016
          Publisher: Exisle Publishing eBooks
          Country of Publication: AU
          Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 18.4  x 2.54
          Weight (kg): 1.23