Top bar Beekeeping

Top bar Beekeeping Author Les Crowder
ISBN-10 9781603584616
Year 2012
Pages 175
Language en
Publisher Chelsea Green Publishing
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Discusses top-bar hives as an organic approach to raising bees without antibiotics, miticides, and other chemicals, and reviews the basics of beekeeping and how to manage the hive through the seasons.

Top Bar Beekeeping

Top Bar Beekeeping Author Les Crowder
ISBN-10 9781603584623
Year 2012-11-27
Pages 192
Language en
Publisher Chelsea Green Publishing
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In recent years beekeepers have had to face tremendous challenges, from pests such as varroa and tracheal mites and from the mysterious but even more devastating phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Yet in backyards and on rooftops all over the world, bees are being raised successfully, even without antibiotics, miticides, or other chemical inputs.More and more organically minded beekeepers are now using top-bar hives, in which the shape of the interior resembles a hollow log. Long lasting and completely biodegradable, a topbar hive made of untreated wood allows bees to build comb naturally rather than simply filling prefabricated foundation frames in a typical box hive with added supers. Top-bar hives yield slightly less honey but produce more beeswax than a typical Langstroth box hive. Regular hive inspection and the removal of old combs helps to keep bees healthier and naturally disease-free. Top-Bar Beekeeping provides complete information on hive management and other aspects of using these innovative hives. All home and hobbyist beekeepers who have the time and interest in keeping bees intensively should consider the natural, low-stress methods outlined in this book. It will also appeal to home orchardists, gardeners, and permaculture practitioners who look to bees for pollination as well as honey or beeswax.

The Thinking Beekeeper

The Thinking Beekeeper Author Christy Hemenway
ISBN-10 9780865717206
Year 2013-01-15
Pages 208
Language en
Publisher New Society Publishers
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A guide to an alternative method of keeping bees, shows how to cultivate top bar hives, in a book aimed an those interested in ensuring the viability of the bee population for years to come. Original.

Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping

Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping Author Christy Hemenway
ISBN-10 9781550926057
Year 2016-12-26
Pages 208
Language en
Publisher New Society Publishers
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Bee populations are plummeting worldwide. Colony Collapse Disorder poses a serious threat to many plants which rely on bees for pollination, including a significant proportion of our food crops. Top bar hives are based on the concept of understanding and working with bees' natural systems, enabling top bar beekeepers to produce honey and natural wax while helping bees thrive now and in the years ahead. Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping picks up where The Thinking Beekeeper left off, providing a wealth of information for backyard beekeepers ready to take the next step with this economical, bee-friendly approach. Author Christy Hemenway shares: Guidance and techniques for the second season and beyond An in-depth analysis of the dangers climate change and conventional agriculture present to pollinators An inspiring vision of restoring bee populations through organic farming and natural, chemical-free beekeeping. While continuing to emphasize the intimate connection between our food system, bees, and the wellbeing of the planet, Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping breaks new ground in the quest to shift the dominant agricultural paradigm away from chemical-laden, industrial monoculture and towards healthy, diverse local farming. See what all the buzz is about with this must-read guide for the new breed of thinking beekeeper. Christy Hemenway is the owner and founder of Gold Star Honeybees, a complete resource for all things related to beekeeping in top bar hives. A passionate bee-vangelist and advocate for natural, chemical-free beekeeping, Christy is the author of The Thinking Beekeeper: A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives.

Balanced Beekeeping I Building a Top Bar Hive

Balanced Beekeeping I  Building a Top Bar Hive Author Philip Chandler
ISBN-10 9781291620399
Year 2013-11
Pages 98
Language en
Publisher Lulu.com
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Top bar beekeeping really is 'beekeeping for everyone' - including people with mobility problems, bad backs, or a general reluctance to lift boxes: there is no heavy lifting once your hive is in place, as honey is harvested by the comb rather than by the box. Top bar hives are good for bees, good for the beekeeper and good for the environment. In this book, I will show you how easy it can be to build your own hive from scratch, using new or reclaimed timber and a few simple tools. If you can make a decent job of putting up a shelf, you can build yourself a fully functioning hive that bees will be proud to call home. By the author of The Barefoot Beekeeper.

Balanced Beekeeping II Managing the Top Bar Hive

Balanced Beekeeping II  Managing the Top Bar Hive Author Philip Chandler
ISBN-10 9781326497651
Year 2015-12-12
Pages 386
Language en
Publisher Lulu.com
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If The Barefoot Beekeeper was the harbinger of the 'natural beekeeping' movement, then this is the workshop manual. Together with its companion volume - Balanced Beekeeping I: Building a Top Bar Hive - this book will lead you gently into a fascinating relationship with the most engaging of nature's workers: the honeybee. The author draws on 15 years of experience with many types of hive in the both amateur and professional beekeeping contexts. You will want this book beside you for years to come!

Beekeeping with Top bar Hives

Beekeeping with Top bar Hives Author
ISBN-10 OCLC:44236841
Year
Pages
Language en
Publisher
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Features a collection of resources on beekeeping with top-bar hives, compiled by James D. Satterfield. Notes that top-bar hives offer many beekeepers an inexpensive but satisfying way of keeping bees that produces less honey and more beeswax. Includes plans for building top bar hives. Discusses building and using a honey press. Contains FAQs. Links to a listing of resources on conventional beekeeping.

Build Your Own Beekeeping Equipment

Build Your Own Beekeeping Equipment Author Tony Pisano
ISBN-10 9781603428552
Year 2013-05-20
Pages 160
Language en
Publisher Storey Publishing
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Save time and money by building your own beekeeping equipment. Learn to craft equipment that is tailored to your particular climate and setup. Full of insightful tips and covering a variety of hive types, Pisano includes all the basic infrastructure you need to keep your bees happy and active — and your pantry full of honey.

Balanced Beekeeping I

Balanced Beekeeping I Author Philip Chandler
ISBN-10 1291620397
Year 2013-11
Pages 98
Language en
Publisher Lulu.com
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Top bar beekeeping really is 'beekeeping for everyone' - including people with mobility problems, bad backs, or a general reluctance to lift boxes: there is no heavy lifting once your hive is in place, as honey is harvested by the comb rather than by the box. Top bar hives are good for bees, good for the beekeeper and good for the environment. In this book, I will show you how easy it can be to build your own hive from scratch, using new or reclaimed timber and a few simple tools. If you can make a decent job of putting up a shelf, you can build yourself a fully functioning hive that bees will be proud to call home. By the author of The Barefoot Beekeeper.

Care of Bees in Warr and Top Bar Hives

Care of Bees in Warr   and Top Bar Hives Author Joe Bleasdale
ISBN-10 1520322364
Year
Pages 126
Language en
Publisher
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Over the last few years there has been an increase in interest in alternative beekeeping methods and several books have been published showing how bees can be managed in a more natural and sustainable way, with the beekeeper being encouraged to limit the number of times a colony is disrupted. Joe Bleasdale's new book is a simple and straightforward guide, ideal for both beginners to beekeeping and those new to wanting to manage their bees for the first time using top bar hives. Whilst there are many types of hives in which bees can be kept just using top bars, Joe concentrates on the Warre hive, this being composed of a series of boxes, smaller than conventional hives, which allows for the construction of eight combs in each box, and the Horizontal Hive which usually has enough room for twenty combs.Before going into any management details, Joe gives the reader the main information which is needed as regards the natural history and development of the colony, and throughout the book there are listed typical management tasks which a beekeeper needs to carry out over the year, but in each case his advice and practical instructions are geared to top bar hives.Joe gives a realistic appraisal of the differences between Warre and Horizontal hives, including the drawbacks inherent in each system. Beekeepers often have the idea that bees in top bar hives and sustainable beekeeping etc, mean that they can be more or less left alone to get on with things unaided. Joe firmly dispels this and shows that various interactions between the beekeeper and the colony are needed in order for honey to be harvested (the main goal of beekeeping) and to prevent the issue of swarms which can become a nuisance to neighbours.A very, very important message in the book is that bees are able to deal with varroa if they are given the chance to do so. Indeed, Joe is against the use of chemicals in bee hives and, having not used them for years, he has proved that his system of beekeeping has worked, with healthy colonies being the result.There is a lot of food for thought in this small book which is an excellent introduction to anyone who might be having thoughts on keeping bees in an alternative and chemical-free way._______________________From the review in the international beekeeping magazine, The Beekeepers Quarterly, March 2015:

Beekeeping For Dummies

Beekeeping For Dummies Author David Wiscombe
ISBN-10 9781119975687
Year 2011-09-20
Pages 358
Language en
Publisher John Wiley and Sons
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The fast and easy way to start and maintain a hive Beekeeping For Dummies is a practical, step-by-step beginner's guide to beekeeping. It gives you plain-English guidance on everything you need to know to start your own beehive, from buying the right equipment, sourcing bees, and locating your hive to maintaining a healthy colony and harvesting honey. Plus, you'll get the latest information on the causes and effects of bee disease, colony collapse disorder, and the impact the sudden disappearance of the honeybee has on our environment and economy. Here, you'll get trusted information on beekeeping in the UK, specifically written to address climate, buying equipment, locating hives, the local impact of colony collapse disorder and ways to avoid or minimise the risk to your hive, seasonal beekeeping tasks, local beekeeping associations, and updated content on urban beekeeping. Understand the anatomy of your bees Learn techniques and tips for harvesting, bottling, packaging, and selling honey Discover the benefits of beekeeping Learn techniques on obtaining and hiving your bees If you're a beginner beekeeper, taking a beekeeping course, or just have an interest in the plight of the honeybee, Beekeeping For Dummies has you covered!