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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (March 16 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470430656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470430651
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.9 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Now updated — your guide to becoming a successful backyard beekeeper

Interested in raising honey bees? This friendly, practical guide presents a step-by-step approach to starting your own beehive, along with expert tips for maintaining a healthy colony. You get the latest on honey bee medication and treatments, harvesting and marketing your honey, and the impact the sudden disappearance of the honey bee has on our environment and economy.

  • To bee or not to bee? — understand the benefits of beekeeping and whether it's right for you

  • Build your first hive — gather the right equipment, obtain your bees, and transfer them safely to their new home

  • Get up-close and personal — see how to open and close the hive, inspect your bees at the right times, and know what to look for

  • Handle common problems — from swarming to robbing to pesticide poisoning, find simple solutions

  • Understand Colony Collapse Syndrome — learn what you can do to help save the honey bees

  • Gear up for the golden harvest — use the tools of the trade to extract honey, store it, and sell it

Praise for Beekeeping For Dummies

"The information a beginner needs to keep bees with confidence."
Kim Flottum, Bee Culture Magazine

"A reader-friendly guide to beekeeping for novices or beginners."
Dewey M. Caron, Professor of Entomology, University of Delaware

Open the book and find:

  • The various types of honey bees and the role each plays in a colony

  • Hands-on instruction in building a hive

  • How to keep bees healthier and more productive

  • Guidelines for all phases of honey production

  • New information on raising your own queens

  • Plenty of helpful, illustrative pictures to guide you

  • The safest ways to inspect and enjoy your bees

  • A Beekeeper's Calendar organized by climate zones

About the Author

Howland Blackiston has more than 20 years' experience keeping bees. He has written many articles on beekeeping and appeared on dozens of television and radio programs, including CNBC, CNN, NPR, and Sirius Satellite Radio. Blackiston has been a keynote speaker at conferences in more than 40 countries.

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By Dawn Luomala on Sept. 12 2010
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Excellent book for the folks who are new to beekeeping. I will have this at hand at all times for tips, problem solving and encouragemnet. Love how the book is written and how postive the writer involves his reader.
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Lots of information to take in during the first reading. I will be referring back to this book often. I liked the easy solutions to problems as well as the chemical free ideas.
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This is an excellent book for both new beekeepers and others already keeping bees. The information is easy to follow. Book is laid out in a format that leads you from basic information to more detailed situations such that you get immersed in the contents any enjoy it. Hard to set the book down. Great material for a reference as technical information is easy to find and understand.
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An excellent book for the beginning beekeeper. Easy to understand and follow the diagrams and instructions. My bees have flourished.
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By Bruce on Dec 20 2013
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Well written and organized. It is very informative and easily understood by people like me with absolutely no experience. Thanks
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This Book is excellent for someone wanting to gain the basic knowledge, I agree with most of it however it references medicating & other aspects of beekeeping as though necessary...
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This book provides good information but sometimes a little wordy. My preference is concise information without a lot of repetition.
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