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  1. #21
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Castle Rock, Colorado, USA

    Default Re: b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    I have a dozen or so, but my "main-stays" are "ABC-XYZ".., "The Hive and the Honey Bee", and Taylor's "How-To-Do-It..." . I use bits from all of them but usually grab "How-To" first, as it's well organized into many small treatments of usually just a few paragraphs. It's a quick way to jog my memory to the other sources. 151 short stories on the How-To's of beekeeping. Easy to read, front to back, unlike many others.

    I used to have several boxes of old Gleanings from Bee Culture and The American Beekeeper mags - years (and years) of each. They came as part of a bee business I bought out in the 90's. I read most of them, but don't have many left.

    I suppose it's time I got something that was written in this millennia... but another interesting read is the 1917 (2nd) edition of ABC that I acquired many years ago - for one, it also describes the queen's mating flight as her "wedding flight". There's a barely visible "Grace Margaret Starryon Roe, 1918 " penciled on the inside cover - obviously the original owner. Many of the illustrations are intricately hand drawn.

  2. #22
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    creek county oklahoma

    Default Re: b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

    Kim Flottum has a brand new revision of "The Backyard Beekeeper" just out on Amazon for about $15. The photographs are excellent and all in color. His writing is excellent as usual. I think it just became my new favorite, edging out "Complete Idiot's Guide to Beekeeping" mainly because of the good photos which are very useful to beginners. I like both because they address the treatment free approach.

    (I was never impressed with beekeeping for dummies. Unless they have a new revision it is pretty heavily treatment-based.)

  3. #23
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Cleveland, Ohio

    Default Re: a) Overview, the big picture

    "Beekeeping for Dummies" is the required book for my local Beekeeper's Association beekeeping class
    Last edited by Barry; 04-30-2015 at 07:17 AM.


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