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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (Aug. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592536522
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592536528
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #240,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

After receiving a degree in horticulture from UW Madison, Kim Flottum worked four years in the USDA Honey Bee Research Lab, studying pollination ecology. After that, he spent two years raising acres of fruits and vegetables, where bees played a large role. He brings this experience, plus nearly 20 years of writing and editing articles for beekeepers in the monthly magazine Bee Culture. He is the publisher of books on honey bee pests and diseases, marketing, queen production, beekeeping history, beginning beekeeping, and the classic industry reference, The ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture.


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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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Wonderful book. Very clear and informative. I would recommend this to anyone interested in beekeeping. This book shows you how to do things that other books assume you already know how to do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At Last! Oct. 10 2011
By Matthew J. Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
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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 Amazon.com
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Bee Books Dec 6 2012
By Roger A. Wilke - Published on Amazon.com
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good "why should I..." read Jan. 17 2016
By Nate B. - Published on Amazon.com
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Still currently reading this book, but it was better than I expected at first glimpse of paging through it. This book doesn't necessarily explain HOW to be a better beekeeper, but it "plants" ideas and questions into your head so you can take a step back and evaluate how and why you are handling your bees. The book covers a good bit of topics you should/can consider in a beekeeping operation, and will certainly be helpful when it comes time for myself to start expanding. This is a business book about beekeeping, and I would recommend to others even if you are not looking to bee-keep for profit. Lots of color pictures, good text/picture ratio.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good head start for the new beekeeper. May 2 2013
By Ann George - Published on Amazon.com
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Nothing beats hand on instruction from a good bee keepers association, except on site mentoring. However, one year later, I can say that this book is a good book in general. They even have a section for beekeeping practices in all areas of the country! which is very nice. Southern beekeeping is far different that beekeeping in cold climates. If you are in the South, try to find a book for your area.


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