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  1. #1
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    Default Brand new to this...book recommendations?

    We just got two top bar hives delivered yesterday and I'm playing with them and making sure I know all I can about them.

    I've been reading all I can about beekeeping and am really enjoying A Year in the Beeyard. It seems to have the most practical information that is adaptable to the TBH.

    What books specifically about TBHs do you recommend? There doesn't seem to be much and most I've looked at seem mostly about why to use them. I got that. I just need to know how.

    Hoping to get our bees in July, so I have a little time to learn something. Like how to even get them in the hive!

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    Default Re: Brand new to this...book recommendations?

    Some of the best tbh reading out there is on Mike Bush's website : http://bushfarms.com/bees.htm


    Read read read. One of the finest sources of tbh info.

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    Default Re: Brand new to this...book recommendations?

    Well, I have been exploring his site, so maybe I'm not so far off.

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    Default Re: Brand new to this...book recommendations?

    You can go watch some you tube videos on how to install packaged bees or how to install bees in a top bar hive...Watch several of them to get a good idea of how "you" would like to approach it...With smoke or without smoke. If you dont learn anything you will get a good laugh out of some of them videos cause i sure did...HAHAHA There has been a few that i watched where they get stung and you can pretty much learn what "NOT" to do as well...

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    Default Re: Brand new to this...book recommendations?

    It's not a book about TBH's, but rather a book about bees in general. It's called the Buzz About Bees. After I read it I was more than amazed about honeybee's. They sell it on Amazon.

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    Default Re: Brand new to this...book recommendations?

    There is "the barefoot beekeeper" at biobees... And Bwrangler also www.backyardhive.com and tbh in uganda

    Enjoy your tbh I really love mine
    My blog @ Bee Crazy

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    Default Re: Brand new to this...book recommendations?

    "the complete idiot's guide to beekeeping" is a ver good beginner book on basic natural beekeeping and incudes information about TBHs.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Brand new to this...book recommendations?

    Yea that idiots guide is new I think, they asked the guys at "backwards beekeepers" about natural treatment free beekeeping.
    My blog @ Bee Crazy

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    Default Re: Brand new to this...book recommendations?

    Just picked up two copies of the idiot's book (one for me and one for my mentor), and started flipping thru it.... it's very much focused on non-treatment and letting the bees do what they want. Haven't gotten to the TBH stuff yet. (My wife wants me to build her one for next spring)

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    Default Re: Brand new to this...book recommendations?

    Cool! The library may actually have that one. Most of the books they have are focused on Langstroth hives and are fairly old.

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    Default Re: Brand new to this...book recommendations?

    I like this guy's you tube videos: Name: dragonhlm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUBxAxFTrXU

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    Default Re: Brand new to this...book recommendations?

    thanks to all for the kind words about "the complete idiot's guide to beekeeping" (my wife and i wrote it).

    there is (i think) lots of important information for TBH beekeepers in our book, but it is not focused on TBH by any means.

    we are hosting a conference this summer...actually 2 conferences (beginners and advanced). sam comfort will be helping us teach the beginners course and will be speaking at the advanced one as well. sam (anarchy apiaries) is a tbh beekeeper with experience as a commercial beekeeper as well, and has a great perspective. we will also have some of his tbh onsite for hands on inspections and learning. more info can be found at:
    http://beeuntoothers.com/2010Conference.html

    deknow

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    Default Re: Brand new to this...book recommendations?

    Re: Brand new to this...book recommendations?
    I like this guy's you tube videos: Name: dragonhlm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUBxAxFTrXU

    I'd be a little cautious about following this guy's suggestions. No veil, kids inches from hive and unprotected, blowing hot tobacco smoke from your mouth, inches from the bees, laboring endlessly to remove the bees covering the queen cage, the list goes on. I had to stop watching.

    While this may qualify as entertainment, instruction it is not, and it should not be offered to newbies as advice of any kind.

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    Default Re: Brand new to this...book recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by deknow View Post
    thanks to all for the kind words about "the complete idiot's guide to beekeeping" (my wife and i wrote it).
    It always amazes me who watches this forum, I was really excited when I heard about this idiots guides "no-treatment" direction, imho while not alone kind of revolutionary in bee literature.
    Last edited by Barry; 06-08-2010 at 04:02 PM.
    My blog @ Bee Crazy

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    Default Re: Brand new to this...book recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sam-Smith View Post
    It always amazes me who watches this forum, I was really excited when I heard about this idiots guides "no-treatment" direction, imho while not alone kind of revolutionary in bee literature.
    I concur, Sam-Smith... It's great to see the authors of great, informative books right here, where we can access them.... Thank you for a great book, deknow.

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    Default Re: Brand new to this...book recommendations?

    hi,
    #1 what does tbh stand for? anyways a great and informational book for beekeeping is called "Beekeeping for Dummies." written by Howland Blackiston. it has every thing from recipes to introducing a new hive. good luck.

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    Default Re: Brand new to this...book recommendations?

    tbh= top bar hive.

    Beekeeping for dummies is a very good book, but I don't remember it having much about tbh.

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