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Better Queens [Paperback]

Jay Smith

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Book Description

May 1 2011
Jay Smith was one of the great beekeepers and queen breeders of all time. There are many queen breeding books by scientists or small-scale breeders, but this is by a beekeeper who raised thousands of queens every year. This is much more applicable to practical queen rearing. This is also a method that does not require grafting, good for those of us who can't see well enough to graft, and does not require the purchase of special equipment, good for those of us lacking in the funds to buy one of the graftless systems on the market.

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  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: X-Star Publishing Company (May 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1614760519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1614760511
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #365,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  16 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Overview of the Queen Rearing Process July 11 2012
By Randal L. Carr - Published on Amazon.com
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This book by Jay Smith has been brought back into print by Bush Farms and it is a must for any beekeeper wanting to learn about rearing quality honeybee queens without a lot of specialty equipment. The best feature of this book is the summary which Michael Bush has boiled down into an almost checklist-like guide to queen rearing. The process is outlined not only for commercial breeders but also for the backyard beekeeper who needs only a few queens. This one will stay in your library.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has changed the way I think about raising honeybee queens May 17 2012
By Tony - Published on Amazon.com
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An easy method of raising queens without the need for grafting tools, or extremely good eyesight.

As an amateur backyard beekeeper, I hadn't considered raising my own queens [on purpose, the bees have other ideas].

This method is simple, and requires no special tools. Queen rearing is something that I am no longer intimidated by, and am now emboldened to try on my own.

Tony P.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book July 1 2013
By hisham mohamed - Published on Amazon.com
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Recently got this and found it to bee full of helpful info based on experience and not theory. I especially likes the way the author looks at things from the bees perspective. It all makes perfect sense. will recommend this to any one interested in bees.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading May 17 2012
By B. Mullen - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fast read and Jay Smith writes like he's having a conversation with you. There are lots of practical ideas with a full description of how to raise queens commercially and another chapter on how to simplify the process if you just want a few queens each year.

Ideally suited to the DIY beekeeper. Would make a great gift.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Info Feb. 15 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I was impressed at how easy jay makes it seem to breed queens...
There's a lot of great info packed in this lil book..
And he had a lot of great stories through the book too..
So the review at the end came in handy :-)
My only complaint is it could use better photos..
Its definitely a must have for any beekeepers book collection.

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