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The Practical Beekeeper: Beekeeping Naturally [Hardcover]

Michael Bush
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June 1 2011
This book is about how to keep bees in a natural and practical system where they do not require treatments for pests and diseases and only minimal interventions. It is also about simple practical beekeeping. It is about reducing your work. It is not a main-stream beekeeping book. Many of the concepts are contrary to "conventional" beekeeping. The techniques presented here are streamlined through decades of experimentation, adjustments and simplification. The content was written and then refined from responding to questions on bee forums over the years so it is tailored to the questions that beekeepers, new and experienced, have. It is divided into three volumes and this edition contains all three: Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Beekeeper Should Own These Books Feb. 2 2013
By WVgrrl
After a decades-long hiatus from beekeeping, I decided to return to the undertaking a couple of years ago. The wonder of, and love for, bees was instilled in me as a young girl, by my father who first introduced me to them in the back yard, with honey smeared across my fingers. As they licked up the honey with their funny, little tongues, he explained to me how they were all little girl bees (except for the lazy drones back in the hive!) and said, “They’ll never hurt you unless you hurt them first.” Never once was he wrong. And never once have I lost the fascination with the utter miracle that is a wee honeybee.

But everything has changed since Dad first began teaching me about bees. Back in those days you pretty much just dumped a package in a box lined with foundation, walked away, and came back in a few months to reap the rewards of their unceasing labor. Even as I bought the first of my apiary equipment, in anticipation of spring, I was daunted. Pesticides, Varroa mites, tracheal mites, zombie flies, nosema, AFB, SHB, EFB, CCD, wax moth, stone brood, sac brood, chalk brood, parafoul brood, winter die-out…good grief – it’s enough to make you quit beekeeping before you ever start! To say nothing of all the cures and preventions for it all! Everything I read had an ominous whiff of gloom and doom and the odds of a hive making it for long without some serious issues didn’t look good - to say nothing of the costs and work involved in keeping them hanging on.

I come from a “conventional” beekeeping background, and I read up on all the treatments and preventions. I didn’t like any of them. Why give antibiotics to someone that isn’t sick, for crying out loud?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Michael Bush is a straight-talking, straight-thinking man who has decades of hands-on experience keeping honeybees. In this book, he addresses all aspects of beekeeping; from the first steps of the beginner, to the more advanced issues, such as rearing queens. Many will be happy to know that Michael is also experienced in using top bar hives and horizontal hives, and can offer useful advice about their management as well - something sorely lacking in today's available bee literature. Thousands of beekeepers from around the world have looked to Michael Bush for advice for many years, and I believe that the whole world of beekeeping breathed a sigh of relief when word went out that he'd finally written a book.

This is it.

If you're a beekeeper, you can rest assured that if you buy this book, you'll find yourself turning its pages again and again. I expect this one to be pretty rough looking in a year or two from all the use!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This Book summarizes Michael Bush's Beekeeping experience since 1974. Its obvious as you read through this literature that the author is a very developed intellectual, he isn't bias and has concluded his methodical (all-natural) approach through both trial & error and reflection. His active participation on [...] is appreciated by many as he shares his respected wealth of knowledge. He will even answer your questions if you have any.

Some of the book's content is even available at his website: [...]

Thank You Michael
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5.0 out of 5 stars Natural Beekeeping Handbook Nov. 23 2012
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I too have read all of Michael's information on his website, yet I still wanted the hardcopy so that I could pull it out for easy reference at any time. It already has some well marked pages. An excellent book for beginners and old-time beekeepers who are truly interested in a way to keep bees without the use of chemicals. Michael tells how to do it in an easy to understand manner and it is clear he speaks from experience and there is no doubt of his success. I will use this book a lot and I will be recommending it to other beekeepers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A natural beekeeping system--now in hardcopy Oct. 11 2012
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I had read some of this content online previously (as a new beekeeper), but I think it's beneficial to read from beginning to end about a beekeeping system to get the overall big picture. Sure, if I have a specific question, online forums and blogs help. But for long term planning, I think a book is helpful.So far am really enjoying this look at natural beekeeping. Is it 100% necessary to get the book, rather than read the info online? No, but it can be handy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Practical Beekeeper March 17 2012
Having been an avid reader of Michael Bush's site, bushfarms.com since 2008 I have been hoping a book would be on the way and this is it. A fabulous reference for those in all stages of beekeeping experience. Michael takes a rational and practical approach backed by experience and research. The "Practical Beekeeper" is the beekeeping bible for those interested in a treatment free and natural management approach to beekeeping.
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