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    GUIDE TO Beekeeping"

    i finished reading dean's book this afternoon.

    it's one of the better primer's i've read, nice job dean and laurie.

    of course, the author's biases are well represented throughout the book,

    (as would mine too if i were doing the writing ).

    have any of you had the chance to read it?
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    I lent it to someone before I read it and it never returned... The little I had seen of the book was enough for me to recommend it over the "Dummies" book (either edition).

    So there it is... having to choose, I'm with the Idiots!
    BeeCurious
    Trying to think inside the box...

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    I like it. A very good introduction to beekeeping. Mine is also loaned out at the moment.

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    I have the Dummies, I have not yet seen the Idiots. At least the Dummies version was what I expected from such a book. good overall starter material but nothing to dig deeper into. I will say during this first year it has been constantly at my elbow as I set here at the computer. This winter I am starting to put together my own guide so by spring I may be able to give it away and never miss it.

    My personal guide is going to be much more complex. it will not just include what a hive is it will have detailed info on every type of hive I can find and the pros and cons of each. Nobody woudl want my guide it will be way to much. For example it already contains just one 20 page Journal Artical comparing Inseminated queens to naturally mated queens. It also has files on 6 different queen breeders and every detail I can find on how they manager their apiaries. It has a file just on breeding nucs different types and the pros and cons of each.

    I don't plan on being a Dummy or an Idiot for long. I am going to join the Collasal Boobs.

    I want to find a copy of the idiots guide just so I know what it contains.
    Stand for what you believe, even if you stand alone.

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    I think it contains a lot of research, references, etc. Much like yours will. It's a book of facts designed to suit a particular philosophy, more so than the authors experience.
    I say "I think", because I have only read snippets of it, I am still awaiting the arrival of my promised copy.
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldtimer View Post
    I am still awaiting the arrival of my promised copy.
    It's been quite a while. It must be on the sloooooww boat.
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
    Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards

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    Default Re: "the complete idiot's...

    Quote Originally Posted by Oldtimer View Post
    I think it contains a lot of research, references, etc. Much like yours will. It's a book of facts designed to suit a particular philosophy, more so than the authors experience.
    I say "I think", because I have only read snippets of it, I am still awaiting the arrival of my promised copy.
    not many references cited, other than a handful of nods to the likes of lusby, bush, palmer, ect.

    pm me your address oldtimer, and i'll gift order you one.

    merry christmas from this side of the pond!
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    There both for beginners either will tech you how to start . Good starter books.
    My favorite book to date is THE PRACTICAL BEEKEEPER lots of good stuff.
    Say hello to the bad guy!
    year five==== 31 hives==== T{OAV}

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    If Idiot's guide is a good look into Deans principals on beekeeping then I have a secondary reason to read it. To include his ideas in my guide.
    Stand for what you believe, even if you stand alone.

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