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Primrose
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« on: August 20, 2006, 03:16:26 PM »

Hello,
I live in Northwestern Connecticut and am just getting interested in bees.  I know very little and was wondering if anyone has a favorite beekeeping book to reccomend to get me started.  Thanks, Jen
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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2006, 05:12:15 AM »

Beekeeping for Idoits is probably one of the better ones for beginners.  Visit your local library and save some cash incase you change your mind (which I highly doubt you will).
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2006, 11:24:36 AM »

For beginners I recommend three books:

Beekeeping for Dummies by Howland Blackiston is easy to follow. The Backyard Beekeeper by Kim Flottum leaves many unanswered questions but has ideas on 8-frame hives. Beekeeping: A Complete Owner's Manual by Werner Melzer has more information than I expected from a $7 book. I really like his seasonal guide.

Once my bees arrived, At the Hive Entrance by H. Storch was very helpful in explaining the behavior I observed outside the hive.

For more detail, my favorite is The Beekeepers Handbook by Diana Sammataro.

As encyclopedic reference books, The Hive & the Honey Bee published by Dadant and The ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture by A.I. Root seem to cover the same territory with the former in a chapter format and the latter in encyclopedia format.
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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2006, 01:58:56 PM »

Thanks for your recommendations, I'm looking forward to reading about this facinating subject.  Jen
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« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2006, 02:41:46 PM »

hey primrose .
try the ventrilo chat software sometime for free.
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« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2006, 09:49:52 AM »

Hello, I am also from Connecticut, also somewhat new to beekeeping.
I read the " beekeeping for dummies"  this book is good, it is written by a guy from connecticut.
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« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2006, 11:55:47 AM »

Another good easy reading book is Keeping Bees by John Vivian.
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« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2006, 12:44:51 PM »

Here's my advice:
http://www.bushfarms.com/beesnewbees.htm

I like ABC XYZ of Bee Culture and The Hive and the Honey Bee a lot.  Kim Flottum's book seems pretty good.  Most of the advice on equipment in most of the books I find pretty bad.  Unless you can easily lift 90 pound boxes all day long, I'd go with lighter equipment.
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2007, 08:45:11 AM »

Go to the library start with Beekeeping for dummies then ABC XYZ of beekeeping
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