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Product Details

  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: X-Star Publishing Company (May 22 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1614760519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1614760511
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #397,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By quiltcharmer on June 20 2015
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Good material - very poor pictures
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Has changed the way I think about raising honeybee queens May 17 2012
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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.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Overview of the Queen Rearing Process July 11 2012
By Randal L. Carr - Published on
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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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great Book July 1 2013
By hisham mohamed - Published on
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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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Info Feb. 15 2013
By Beeman - Published on
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Much better method than grafting June 1 2014
By andrew thiessen - Published on
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This book highlights & advocates the "Notching" method for queen rearing as a it produces superior queens to the more common grafting method. I have to say my experience confirms notching does, in fact yield a better quality queen. Nearly every grafted queen I've installed (from various suppliers) has been superseded in short order. Notching mimics the supersedure that the bees will naturally do.

The book is written in a "plain spoken" first person manner that is enjoyable to read.

I understand the grainy old pictures are there for authenticity. But it'd sure be nice to have new crystal clear pictures to help understand some of the information covered. Hopefully they'll consider this for a future "Revised/Updated" edition?