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    Question Winter book reading

    Hay beeks, it's getting colder, and I need to start looking for my winter reading material. Can you give me your favorite higher level bee book and why.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Winter book reading

    Best high level book I read was: "Beekeeping for dummies". Reason why is that it is straight forward and tells you what to do as opposed to most bee books that describe so many different ways to do the same thing.

    Aside from 'high level' the overall book I seem to like the best is: "The Backyard BeeKeeper" by Kim Flottum. I seem to go to that book more than most.

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    Default Re: Winter book reading

    I own both, I was looking for something more technical.

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    Default Re: Winter book reading

    Not sure which one would be best. But I am sure the book should be recent,
    because of all the changes. I have the Dummies one, and spent many fine hours hours reading it.

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    Default Re: Winter book reading

    Read The Hive and The Honey Bee all the way through. The book covers everything you need and don't need to know about bees. I have 2 copies of it one from the late 70's and a new one.

    Another is ABC and XYZ of Beekeeping it's laid out alphabetical. I have the old one and not the new so I don't really know about it.

    For the coffee by the fireplace reading someone could read The Queen and I by Ed Weiss.

    But for the technical I say Hive and Honeybee theres lots of technical bee stuff in the first several chaptors you may not find in the books geared to get you going. My first one looks like a old college book highlighted to the hilt.

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    Default Re: Winter book reading

    Anybody serious about keepings bees, whether hobbiest, sideliner or fulltime, should all have The Hive and the Honey Bee and The ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture.

    As far as I'm concerned they are must-haves!

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    Default Re: Winter book reading

    Natural Beekeeping by Ross Conrad is interesting if you are into that.

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    Default Re: Winter book reading

    I agree with Bonnie on The Hive and the Honeybee, and ABC's... those two will become very valuable resources for you over the years.

    For a wonderfully inspiring, philosophical approach to beekeeping, anything by Richard Taylor!

    I would also strongly suggest "America's Master of Bee Culture, the Life of L. L. Langstroth," by Florence Naile. You may have to search for a copy, but that is an enjoyable, informative, and inspiring read. A diligent search should get you a copy under $30.

    Also remember, Christmas is coming! Add a book to your wish list!

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    Default Re: Winter book reading

    I also have Hive Management and "The Beekeeper's Handbook, Third Edition"

    I think the beekeepers handbook is too deep/complex for the newbeek, but is going to be my primarly read this winter now that I have a season under my belt.
    The third edition of the handbook is 2006., so fairly modern. I find myself first hating this book as I could not understand it and it reminded me of a school text book, but now I see what's in there and understand it better, liking this book more.

    Have not cracked "Hive Management" yet so no comment

    Also going to order ABC & XYZ as my other off season read.

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    Default Re: Winter book reading

    If I may;

    ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture is 900 pages of varying topics from A to Z on bees, much like an encyclopedia collection.

    The Hive and the Honey Bee is 1300 pages of varying bee topics compiled from numerous writers. It's actually like a bunch of articles/books/booklets/research papers from different sources in one place.
    Not to be confused with The Hive and the Honey Bee Revisited by Dr. Roger Hoopingarner. Not a rewrite.

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    Default Re: Winter book reading

    One of the books that I enjoyed is that has not been mentioned is Keith Delaplane, Ph D Book : Honey Bees and Beekeeping: A Year in the Life of an Apiary.
    The other books are very good as well.
    Don't forget to look in your local library; for beekeeping books.

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    Default Re: Winter book reading

    Thanks everyone for all of your input. I just purchased the latest version of ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture, but I have added the other to the future purchase list.

    Thanks again

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    Default Re: Winter book reading

    This is a pretty good read also when you get done with the others. It is more about where you go from here then a how to. It is a pdf and you read it on your laptop.

    Beekeeping with Twenty-Five Hives http://www.25hives.homestead.com/

    Also Subscribe to American Bee Journal. http://www.dadant.com/journal/

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    Default Re: Winter book reading

    Try..."Beekeeping at Buckfast Abbey", by Brother Adam.

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    Default Re: Winter book reading

    "Essential Increase" and "Bee Sex" by Larry Connor (www.wicwas.com)

    Larry know his topic and presents them well.

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    Default Re: Winter book reading

    there are a bunch that is free online, here is a couple sites

    Breeding the honey bee by Brother Adam, a online book
    http://perso.fundp.ac.be/~jvandyck/homage/books/FrAdam/breeding/

    Walt Wright articles
    http://www.knology.net/~k4vb/all%20walt%20articles.htm

    look at this collection of online beekeeping books.
    http://bees.library.cornell.edu/b/bees/browse.html
    Ted

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    Default Re: Winter book reading

    Motown:

    What do you mean by "higher level"?

    Dewey Caron's book Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping is very readable.

    If you don't mind graphs, and scattergrams... and would like an in depth look into the foraging behavior of bees then The Wisdom of the Hive: The Social Physiology of Honey Bee Colonies by Thomas D. Seeley might be a nice addition to your book collection.
    Last edited by honeyman46408; 10-08-2009 at 07:51 AM.
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