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Storey's guide to keeping honey bees
Sanford, Malcolm T. (Malcolm Thomas), 1942-
Publication Information:
North Adams, Mass. : Storey Pub., [2010]

Physical Description:
x, 244 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Overview: Everyone is buzzing about bees! Urban beekeeping is on the rise as swarms of people do their part to help nurture local food systems, make gardens more productive, connect with nature, and rescue honey bee populations from colony collapse disorder. Honey bee hives now grace the White House Lawn, the roof of Chicago City Hall, the National Arboretum, and the top of the Fairmont Hotel. Even Hagen-Daazs has gotten into the act with its well-funded campaign, Help the Honey Bees. Storey's Guide to Keeping Honey Bees, the newest addition to the best-selling series, will be the single resource sought by beekeepers in all settings. Malcolm T. Sanford presents a thorough overview of these industrious and critically important insects. With this book as their guide, beekeepers will understand how to plan a hive, acquire bees, install a colony, keep bees healthy, maintain a healthy hive, understand and prevent new diseases, and harvest honey crops. The book also provides an overview of the honey bee nest and colony life, insights into honey bee anatomy and behavior, an exploration of apiary equipment and tools, season-by-season beekeeper responsibilities, instructions for harvesting honey, and detailed, up-to-date information about diseases and other potential risks to bees. This comprehensive reference will appeal to both the experienced beekeeper who seeks help with specific issues and the novice eager to get started.
General Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-238) and index.
Acknowledgments -- Preface -- 1: Beginning Beekeeping -- Seven basic tips for getting started -- Dimensions of beekeeping -- Beekeeper's commitment -- Time commitment -- Financial considerations -- Stings -- Legal considerations -- Finding resources -- 2: Origin And History Of Beekeeping -- Honey bee evolution -- History of beekeeping -- 3: Bee's Life -- What is a honey bee? -- Inside the colony -- Queen -- Worker -- Drone -- Varroa mite -- Activities and behavior -- Patterns of behavior -- 4: Choosing Hive Location -- Colony and your community -- Weather issues -- Forage availability -- 5: Getting Equipped -- Hive design and dimensions -- Hive materials -- Supers -- Frames and foundation -- How to make a frame with pins -- Bottom board -- Queen excluder -- Covers -- Hive stand -- Hive scale -- Feeders -- Pollen trap -- Tools of the trade -- Beekeeper garb -- 6: Enter The Bees -- Smoker basics -- Package bees -- Managing package bees -- Installing a nucleus colony -- Starting with an established colony -- Swarm! -- Wild or feral colony -- 7: Managing honey bee colonies -- Working a colony -- Beekeeper as manager -- Colony's yearly -- Life cycle -- Population cycle -- Apicultural calendar -- Late-season management -- Requeening -- Managing nutrition -- 8: Taking The Crop -- Honey crop -- Harvesting the crop -- Processing the crop -- Storing the crop -- Chunk and comb honey -- Other bee products -- 9: Pollination -- Unique challenges -- Small-scale pollination -- Is pollination for you? -- 10: Diseases And Pests Of The Honey Bee -- Innate defense mechanisms -- Brood diseases -- Adult diseases -- Parasitic mites -- Integrated pest management -- Tolerant or resistant stock -- Colony collapse disorder -- Wax moth -- Small hive beetle -- Black bears -- For more information -- Glossary -- Model beekeeping ordinance -- Sample pollination contract -- Resources -- Sampling of U S beekeeping supply houses -- Sources of beekeeping information -- Index.
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Enjoy the sweet rewards of keeping your own honey bees. Learn how to plan a hive, acquire bees, install a colony, keep your bees healthy, and harvest honey. Full of practical advice on apiary equipment and tools, this comprehensive guide also includes an overview of colony life and honey bee anatomy.

Author Notes

Malcolm T. Sanford is author of the Apis Newsletter and many articles on beekeeping for popular and scholarly magazines. He was Extension Beekeeping Specialist at the University of Florida for 20 years and is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Entomology and Nematology.
Richard E. Bonney was author of the books Beekeeping and Hive Management, the foundation for Storey's Guide to Keeping Honey Bees.

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Booklist Review

A detailed description of a bee's life, the importance of hive location, the illustrated anatomy of a beehive, colony management, crop harvest, diseases and pests of honeybees, plus basic tips for beginners make for engrossing reading throughout Sanford and Bonney's thorough guide. Whether beginners or longtime enthusiasts, readers will learn plenty of useful information from the section-by-section, step-by-step approach to this increasingly popular endeavor. The authors also offer an engaging section on the origin and history of beekeeping, complete with bee family tree and honeybee evolution. Along the way, readers will find reasonable warnings and possible solutions to the less-desirable components of beekeeping, ranging from heat to the unnerving section on multiple bee stings requiring renal dialysis, but the joy of hive management predominates. Line illustrations throughout and a glossary, resources, index, and pollination contract add to this in-depth overview.--Scott, Whitney Copyright 2010 Booklist

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Prefacep. ix
1 Beginning Beekeepingp. 1
Seven Basic Tips for Getting Started
Dimensions of Beekeeping
The Beekeeper's Commitment
Time Commitment
Financial Considerations
Legal Considerations
Finding Resources
2 Origin and History of Beekeepingp. 25
Honey Bee Evolution
History of Beekeeping
3 A Bee's Lifep. 41
What Is a Honey Bee?
Inside the Colony
The Queen
The Worker
The Drone
The Varroa Mite
Activities and Behavior
Patterns of Behavior
4 Choosing Hive Locationp. 68
The Colony and Your Community
Weather Issues
Forage Availability
5 Getting Equippedp. 80
Hive Design and Dimensions
Hive Materials
Frames and Foundation
How to Make a Frame with Pins
Bottom Board
Queen Excluder
Hive Stand
Hive Scale
Pollen Trap
Tools of the Trade
Beekeeper Garb
6 Enter the Beesp. 99
Smoker Basics
Package Bees
Managing Package Bees
Installing a Nucleus Colony
Starting with an Established Colony
A Wild or Feral Colony
7 Managing Honey Bee Coloniesp. 119
Working a Colony
The Beekeeper as Manager
A Colony's Yearly Life Cycle
Population Cycle
The Apicultural Calendar
Late-Season Management
Managing Nutrition
8 Taking the Cropp. 158
The Honey Crop
Harvesting the Crop
Processing the Crop
Storing the Crop
Chunk and Comb Honey
Other Bee Products
9 Pollinationp. 180
Unique Challenges
Small-Scale Pollination
Is Pollination for You?
10 Diseases and Pests of the Honey Beep. 188
Innate Defense Mechanisms
Brood Diseases
Adult Diseases
Parasitic Mites
Integrated Pest Management
Tolerant or Resistant Stock
Colony Collapse Disorder
Wax Moth
Small Hive Beetle
Black Bears
For More Information
Glossaryp. 230
Model Beekeeping Ordinancep. 232
Sample Pollination Contractp. 233
Resourcesp. 235
A Sampling of U.S. Beekeeping Supply Houses
Sources of Beekeeping Information
Indexp. 239