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Offline JackM

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Your one favorite beek reference
« on: October 27, 2011, 09:38:56 AM »
I currently have "The Backyard Beekeeper."  Looking for a beekeeping 'bible' of sorts, one that takes into account all facets of all the different factors of keeping, non judgemental.   Could be super old publication with up to date editing for current beek needs.  Would not mind knowing anatomy and physiology of bee, with figures/pics.

So lets hear what you think is the best for the money out there.  ....   Well, Michael Bush's book for free online is the best deal I have had so far....thanks Mike, do have to say I have read it all and learned a great deal and thought because of what I read.  I think it is a must for every beginner.  So we can leave his publication off the list.

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Re: Your one favorite beek reference
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2011, 09:44:20 AM »
The ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture
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Re: Your one favorite beek reference
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2011, 04:29:01 PM »
honeybee democracy
If they increased energy bill for your home by a factor of 4.5 would you consider that cruel? If so why are you doing that to your bees?

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Re: Your one favorite beek reference
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2011, 05:35:07 PM »
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Re: Your one favorite beek reference
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2011, 09:24:07 PM »
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Yep that is pretty good but hard to take to the private reading room.
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Re: Your one favorite beek reference
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2011, 03:35:57 AM »
honeybee democracy
In Democracy, did the bees have an option to pick a 3 inch thick PU hive with a bottom mesh :-D

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Re: Your one favorite beek reference
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2011, 09:33:40 AM »
I bet they waded thru tea leaves too  :lol:
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Re: Your one favorite beek reference
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2011, 12:38:18 AM »
The Hive And The Honey Bee
 by L.L.Langstroth, from Dadant publications.
Sitting in the shade, drinking lemon aid.
Enjoying the breeze while counting the bees.

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Re: Your one favorite beek reference
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2011, 09:42:48 AM »
"Mysteries of Bee-Keeping Explained"  Moses Quinby
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Re: Your one favorite beek reference
« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2011, 06:23:05 PM »
honeybee democracy
In Democracy, did the bees have an option to pick a 3 inch thick PU hive with a bottom mesh :-D
Unfortunately they didint , I  think giving the bees an option on wall thickness would have been interesting. And I think the author of the book  thinks it might interesting too...  :)
If they increased energy bill for your home by a factor of 4.5 would you consider that cruel? If so why are you doing that to your bees?

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Re: Your one favorite beek reference
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2011, 01:54:46 AM »
Maybe Prof Seeley will have to come up with a new book called Honeybee Economics to cover the bees energy tradeoffs with the homes they select?  A thick PU hive or a thin wood hive affects how much of their currency (honey) they have to spend on heating and cooling, right?   :)

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Re: Your one favorite beek reference
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2011, 10:20:55 AM »
I picked up the ABC XYZ book Saturday.  Like an encyclopedia, I like it.  Individual topics alphabetically with some really good explanations and bibliographic documentation too so you can follow if you wish. 

I have a friend named Quinby he is looking to see if any relations.
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Re: Your one favorite beek reference
« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2011, 11:13:25 AM »
By the criteria that you noted I figured you'd like that book.

Michael Bush's "The Practical Beekeeper" is a good one, too.  You can find most of his material on his website, but being able to sit down with a book is nice. ;)

Another book is "First Lessons In Beekeeping" published by Dadant.  This is a small book, but is written well and has some great information inside.  I have an older (199?) edition.

In a larger book, I'm awaiting the next edition of "The Hive and the Honey Bee", also published by Dadant.

I've been also please with Roger Morse's writings.

Anything by Richard Taylor is good, but hard to find.

Lots of older books are treasure troves of information but unfortunately most of those old books did not have to deal with mites or beetles so you have to read them with that understood.  But, still, good information can be found in them.  Searching google books can turn up lots of these out-of-print books.  Michael Bush has a few of them on his website.

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"We can't expect the American People to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of Socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have Communism."..."The press is our chief ideological weapon." - Nikita Khrushchev

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