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Scientific Queen Rearing

Interested in breeding your own queens? There is no need to struggle for years to learn the basics: G.M. Doolittle, the Father of Modern Queen Rearing, has done all the work for you! In his text, he will walk you through every aspect of preparing and raising queens, and will explain how the beekeeper influences …

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Beekeeping: A Seasonal Guide

From the stirrings of spring and summer swarms to autumn honey harvest and winter protection, this essential resource guides both the aspiring and experienced beekeeper through every season of the bee-keeping year. Learn how to rear a queen, control a swarm, protect a hive, and keep bees healthy. The book is also packed with practical …

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Confessions of a Bad Beekeeper: What Not to Do When Keeping Bees (with Apologies to My Own)

Bill Turnbull had no intention of becoming a beekeeper. But when he saw an ad for beekeeping classes–after a swarm of bees landed in his suburban backyard–it seemed to be a sign. Despite being stung on the head–twice–at his first hands-on beekeeping class, Turnbull found himself falling in love with the fascinating, infuriating honeybee. As …

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Beeswax Alchemy

How to Make Your Own Soap, Candles, Balms, Creams, and Salves from the Hive Beeswax Alchemy How to Make Your Own Soap, Candles, Balms, Creams, and Salves from the Hive eaturing over 40 DIY projects that illustrate how to transform one of the world’s most natural ingredients into tangible creations, Beeswax Alchemy is the perfect …

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Simple Smart Beekeeping

She does a wonderful job in providing a beginner’s beekeeping book “to help streamline your beekeeping success.” Simple, Smart Beekeeping will guide you through your early years of beekeeping, helping you recognize what is happening in your hive. Short informative chapters cut through all the jargon and tell you just what you need to know. …

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Keeping Bees with a Smile: A Vision and Practice of Natural Apiculture

You can keep bees, naturally! “Keeping Bees With a Smile is a valuable guide for independent-minded beekeepers who are seeking ways to keep bees without treating them with chemicals, disrupting their homes, and otherwise intruding on their lives. Fedor Lazutin, one of Russia’s foremost natural beekeepers, describes a beekeeping system based on a trust of …

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Comb Honey Production

Cornell University Professor Roger A. Morse’s classic book on the production of comb honey. He considered comb honey production and queen rearing to be the benchmark of an accomplished beekeeper. Comb honey is exactly as the bees produce it, with natural comb and no heating or filtering during the production by the bees. Comb honey …

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The Beekeeper’s Problem Solver: 100 Common Problems Explored and Explained

Beekeeping requires understanding, commitment, and attention to detail. Laying the groundwork for a successful hive is essential, and demands a keen appreciation of critical areas like hive management, breed choice, and health requirements. Bees often disguise problems, though, making recognizing trouble in the crucial, initial stages that much more difficult. Whether you’re a newcomer or …

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