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Hello All,
I am a newbie and wanting to learn the right way. I have found a Bee club and am going to join. I still want to know what the best books and resources are. All help appreciated.......
 

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I liked the " backyard bee keeper" it was helpful to me , you can order on Amazon.
 

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I think "Natural Beekeeping:An Organic Approach..." by Ross Conrad is pretty good as well.
 

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"Increase Essentials" by Lawrence John Connor. This book really goes into the whole lifecycle of beekeeping. It goes beyond the do this or do that and more into the system.

It is a small book but I read it and refer to it more than all the others.

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Stephen
 

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As a NewBee myself I will advise this, for the beginning Beek the best is;

(1) Beekeeping for Dummies - best first book. Easiest to read and understand. Gives all the basics and is specifically directed at new Beeks.

(2) The Backyard Beekeeper - very thorough, the best of all the books for actual color photos of hive parts, processes, mites & maladies, bee growth, etc.

(3) Beekeepers Handbook 3rdEd - Sammataro & Avitabile. Even more detail than the two above with clear illustrations, data and chart tables.

I have read approx 15 bee books and these were the first three that I purchased for learning and reference. I have purchased others and still have more on my wish list but these cover most everything.
 

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I recommend "The Buzz About Bees". It not a book about beekeeping, but it is a book about bees as a super organism. It talks about bee communication, bee senses (the way their eyesight works is really cool), the role of comb and wax in their society, how certain behaviors are triggered and odd things like "heater bees".

I think it's important to know as much about the bees and the way they exist and view the world, as it is to know about beekeeping. You may find that you don't agree with some of the standard beek wisdom after reading this book.

Here's the link on Amazon.com
 

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I have "The Beekeeper's Handbook" and "First Lessons in Beekeeping" from Dadant Publishing.

As a new keeper, I like using the second book as a suppliment b/c it has lot of full color photos...for someone who is performing fisrt time hive inspections the pictures were a big help, and gave me an idea of what to expect to see.
 
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