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Better Beekeeping: The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Stronger Colonies and Healthier, More Productive Bees [Paperback]

Kim Flottum
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Aug. 1 2011 1592536522 978-1592536528

"Better Beekeeping is the most lucid call to action ever written about land-based beekeeping."Tammy Horn, author of Bees in America and Beeconomy: What Women and Bees Can Teach Us about Local Trade and the Global Market

"There are numerous beekeeping books on the shelves that instruct on 'how to,' but Better Beekeeping is a book that explores 'why to,' which is essential for this ever-changing world of beekeeping today."Jennifer Berry, research coordinator at the University of Georgia's Honey Bee Research Lab, commercial queen and nuc producer, and columnist for Bee Culture magazine

Backyard beekeepers everywhere agree: a successful colony is a thing of beauty.

Thousands of beekeepers have started beekeeping thanks to Kim Flottum's first book, The Backyard Beekeeper, and they have added to their repertoire of skills with The Backyard Beekeeper's Honey Handbook. Now, Better Beekeeping answers the question, "What do I do now that I'm a beekeeper?" This book takes serious beekeepers past the beginning stages and learning curves and offers solutions and rewards for keeping bees a better way. Better queens, better winters, better food, and better bees await any beekeeper willing to take on the challenge of having the right number of bees, of the right age, in the right place, in the right condition, at the right time.

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After receiving a degree in production horticulture from the University of Wisconsin, Kim Flottum began a career in honey bee pollination research with the USDA and a life-long interest in the multifaceted hobby and business of beekeeping. He next used his acquired skills to raise apples and vegetables in Connecticut, before moving to Medina, Ohio, in 1986 to become editor of the 132-year-old magazine, Bee Culture.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beekeeping? Read this book first! Sept. 19 2011
If you are getting into beekeeping, thinking of getting into beekeeping, or just want an incredible insight into the present state of the industry, this is the first book you should read. Even if you are a natural beekeeper using Top Bar or Warre hives, read this book. Most books on this subject rehash 150 years of the same thing. Mr Flottum has produced a "straight to the point", easy to understand, book on the present state of the industry, why and what the keeper can do about it. There are excellent photos that go along with the excellent information provided in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At Last! Oct. 10 2011
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At last a book on beekeeping which doesn't give instructions on how to hive a package! This is the book I've been waiting for as its contents are intended for those of us who are beyond the basics and using beekeeping as a means of income. The overlying theme of the book is to form an understanding of where one wants to be as a beekeeper and the concerns to address in order to formulate a solid business plan to get there. The book does a fabulous job of bringing up points for consideration while acknowledging the multiple paths and solutions to the various conditions and means of keeping bees. I appreciated the overall slant towards natural beekeeping and the honesty regarding the current state of beekeeping. Kim's best work yet, thanks for a great book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book arrived on time and in excellent condition. April 6 2012
By Jessica - Published on
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Great bee book! I'm a new hobbyist beekeeper and I have most of Flottum's books, so I didn't think this book would contain anything new. I was surprised to learn this was not the case, and I devoured it, which isn't hard to do considering the frequent and informative color photos. I have already referred back to this book several times since I've owned it, as well as used the photos to illustrate something to my "non-bee" family members. Worth the money!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for advanced/commercial beekeeper June 19 2012
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I am a hobbyist beekeeper with several years of experience. Some of the information was over my head, but a lot of it is very useful. The section on queens is worth the cost of the book alone. If you are a commercial beekeeper I think you owe it to yourself to buy this book. You can download it to a Kindle for about half what the bee supply catalogs want for it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bee Books Dec 6 2012
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Better Beekeeping is ok but The Backyard Beekeeper, by the same author, is better. Better Beekeeping seems to be directed to the person who wants to make a business out of bees. The hobbyist will be more satisfied by the other choice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Your first step to the bee business June 20 2012
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If you are a hobist beekeeper and are thinking of turning it into a something more...Then read this book.

Its a great first step in the right direction.

Thank you Kim.
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