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What publications do you think are best for the most bee ignorant of beginners????
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I started w/ an old (1973?) copy of "The Hive and The Honey Bee". Check your local library.

American Bee Journal and Bee Culture are "the" magazines.
You read things over you head long enough and they will start to make sense. Reality is complicated. No amount of trying to make reality simple will make it true. It will take a few times to soak in and make sense but I wouldn't look for simple books. Just read the books, even if they are over you head.

"If you're not confused, you're not learning anything." Michael Bush
Dianna Sammataro's book 'The Beekeeper's Handbook' is pretty decent for someone who knows little or nothing about beekeeping and wants to learn. Public libraries carry it or can likely borrow it from another.
"The Backyard Beekeeper", by Kim Flottum, is excellent, especially for new, small-time beekeepers, with only a few hives. You can order it through
I have the A, B, C's of Bee Culture, or something like that. My brother who used to keep bees said it was the best. I may check out of the magazines.

"If a beekeeper tells you he knows what he's doing, be wary and keep a keen eye on this fellow, for he has already told one lie, and no doubt will tell you another" (author unknown)
:D :D That would be very true with my brother, BjornBee!!!!!
Library books are the best way to gain information second to other beekeepers. Join the local beekeeper association and stick with this forum. Good luck and don't give up!!
This is a good publication to freely download or bookmark for future reference.

It isn't a how-to-keep-bees-for-beginners type of book, but still has some great information. At one time it could be purchased in bound form (spendy, though), and probably still can be. The bound form only had b/w photos. They're color over the internet.
A very good book for a beginning beekeeper can be bought at It is called "How to keep Bees and sell honey" by Walter T. Kelley. The price is five dollars. It is easy to read and understand.It has step by step instructions. There are lots of pictures and even has a chapter on how to raise queen bees. The book should be available at your local library. If you read it, you will want it for your personal library. I wish you well.
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Sandy, get the video seris a year in the Life of an Apiary. Keith Delaplane, entomologist and beekeeper from the University of Georgia take you through every aspect of your 1st. year from building equipment, hiving packages, summer mgt., wintering and into the next spring. Disease are will covered (although some drug info has changed). There is book with it but you won't use it if get the video. 8 1/2 hr video sections execptionally well done for PBS. Visit the U of G website or check any of the larger sales orgs. drapers super bee in millerton will rent it too you by mais if you don't want to lay out the 70 bucks.
Some libraries also have good videos!!
Read everything you can get your hands on Sandy. If you don't understand it, read it again.

SandyC All the above are good suggestions. The libraries would be a good place to start. They have the bee journals and some Very informative books on bees. For beginners I would recommendd, “Keeping Bees” by John Vivian. Good luck And have fun.
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