Storey's Guide to Keeping Honey Bees, 2nd Edition: Honey Production, Pollination, Health

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This trusted handbook is a must-have for novice and seasoned beekeepers alike. Now totally redesigned and featuring color photos and graphics, the second edition also includes up-to-date information on honey bee health. The go-to reference presents comprehensive yet accessible information on everything from planning hives and installing a colony to preventing disease and managing productive hives that will bear bountiful honey harvests year after year.

"An excellent introduction to beekeeping." -- Kirsten Traynor, Editor in Chief, American Bee Journal


"Confused by all the different opinions on how best to keep bees? This guide will provide a bright light on your beekeeping journey." -- Marla Spivak, McKnight Distinguished Professor in Entomology, University of Minnesota


"An excellent introduction to both honey bees and beekeeping. It's well-written, practical, and exceptionally well-illustrated, making it the perfect book to jump-start the adventure of beekeeping or use as a reference for established beekeepers." -- Dr. Mark L. Winston, author of Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive


"This is one of the few beekeeping books written by a beekeeper and an extension apiculturist which bridges the gap between practical beekeeping and science of beekeeping." -- Dr. Medhat Nasr, Alberta Provincial Apiculturist, Albert Agriculture and Forestry and Past President of Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists


" Storey's Guide to Keeping Honey Bees is a thorough treatment of beekeeping for anyone looking to practice the craft. It spans the range of topics from beginning to advanced beekeeping, while including a suite of personal testimonies that humanize the art. It will be an important resource for years to come." -- Jamie Ellis, PhD, Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory, University of Florida


"Written in a readable style, this book blends sound scientific information about honey bees with practical information about beekeeping and is suitable reference for beginner to serious beekeeper. It has been selected as the text book for the University of Montana's Online Beekeeping Certificate, Apprentice Level Course." -- J.J. Bromenshenk, Bee Alert


"This book belongs in every beekeeper's library. The authors have successfully blended the science and art of beekeeping in a book suitable for beginning and experienced beekeepers." -- Hachiro Shimanuki, retired Laboratory Director of the Beltsville Agricultural Research Service


"A must-have book for all types of beekeepers who want good information." -- Dr. James E. Tew, State Extension Specialist, Alabama Cooperative Extension System


"A well-balanced and extremely thorough guide for new beekeepers." -- Hilary Kearney, Girl Next Door Honey


"In this well-written guide, Dr. Sanford utilizes his years of experience to give straightforward, practical advice for the beginning beekeeper." -- Randy Oliver,

Table of Contents:



1 Beginning Beekeeping
Seven Basic Tips for Getting Started - Dimensions of Beekeeping - The Beekeeper's Commitment - Financial Considerations - Stings - Legal Considerations - Finding Resources


2 Origin and History of Beekeeping
Honey Bee Evolution - History of Beekeeping


3 A Bee's Life
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 Location
The Colony and Your Community - Weather Issues - Forage Availability


5 Getting Equipped
Hive Design and Dimensions - Hive Materials - Supers - Frames and Foundation - 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 - Installing a Nucleus Colony - Starting with an Established Colony - Swarm! - A Wild or Feral Colony


7 Managing Honey Bee Colonies
Working a Colony - The Beekeeper as Manager - A Colony's Yearly Life Cycle - Population Cycle - The Apicultural Calendar - Late-Season Management - Requeening - Managing Nutrition - Cooking for the Bees


8 Taking the Crop
The 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


11 Additional Strategies
Beehive Design - Alternative Management Practices - Toward a Honey Bee -Friendly Future


Model Beekeeping Ordinance
Sample Pollination Contract
A Sampling of U.S. Beekeeping Supply Houses - Sources of Beekeeping Information
Metric Conversion Charts

Dr. Malcolm T. Sanford is professor emeritus at the University of Florida. He has been published extensively in the apiculture press including the journals Bee Culture and American Bee Journal. He has been the author of The Apis Newsletter for more than 20 years at Ohio State University and the University of Florida, writing on beekeeping management, and is the coordinator of the Apis Information Resource Center. He has been a beekeeping management consultant in Egypt, Italy, France, Chile, Ecuador, Iraq, and Mexico. He lives in Gainesville, Florida.

Veteran beekeeper Richard E. Bonney, author of Hive Management, Beekeeping, and co-author of Storey's Guide to Keeping Honey Bees, was the longtime owner of Charlemont Apiaries in Charlemont, Massachusetts.

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0.6" H x 9.2" L x 6.8" W

224 pages