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Guide to Bees & Honey: The World's Best Selling Guide to Beekeeping [Paperback]

Ted Hooper
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Book Description

27 May 2010
This is the ideal guide for anyone wanting to start beekeeping and a revered reference book for experienced beekeepers. It includes information on all you need to know, including how to avoid swarms, plan requeening, or provide the colony with winter stores. It features key information on Varroa. It is copiously illustrated throughout. Fully revised and updated, this new edition of 'Guide to Bees and Honey' also presents expert advice for readers who plan to maintain a few hives for personal recreational use, as well as those who want to expand an existing colony into a commercial venture.

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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Northern Bee Books; Updated ed edition (27 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904846513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904846512
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If there is one book that should be on the shelf of every beekeeper, it is Ted Hooper's classic. - --Beekeeping

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Authoritive and covers many unusual aspects 25 Aug 2010
The book is full of concise clear and authoritative advice. What I especially like is some of the aspects which could be counted as peripheral but which add so much knowledge and inform decisions. For example, a chunk about the heat required in the hive and how it is maintained and the implications of different variations from the ideal. A smaller section on the sound of the buzz and how it relates to the speed of the wings sounds comparatively unimportant but when you are out trying to identify flitting insects it can add that little something to help the identification. This wasn't the first book I read so you would imagine that some sections were less fresh and consequently of less interest. This is not the case; I have been entranced by what I have read so far (two thirds of the way through). My family might just say it is because I am obsessed. They may have a point!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New to Bees 29 Mar 2011
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I'm a beginner Beekeeper and completeing a BBKA course. This book was recommended and complements my weekly notes.
On first impression not the most inspiring format and looks 'old fashioned' lots of black and white pictures, but it is a text book and once into it I have found it both informative and readable. I would recommend it to all would be bee keepers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Overestimated 21 Sep 2011
I bought this book based on the prevalent characterisation as "the beekeeping bible", something that I found to be otherwise. The book contains very many details on bees and hive management although these are better understood by an experienced rather than a novice beekeeper. Also, many of the information that the author provides is insufficient - like the very important hive splitting (or artificial swarming) methods of which he superficially touches but one, and even that not in great detail. It is understood that the author is only presenting what has been tried, tested and worked but some people just like a bit more of a choice.

I particularly found the method of clipping the queen's wing, which the author prescribes in his book, as a rather harsh and unecessary method of swarm control. Demaree has lond ago described his method of doing this (no wing clipping involved) with many more benefits for the colony and the beekeeper. And there are other methods to go about controlling swarming which are less violent and intrusive.

In all, I will not be using this book much, infact I will put it up for sale as I do not want it in my library. The book that I have found very interesting, unbiased and pleasantly informative is David Cramp's "A Practical Manual of Beekeeping" although there are not many pictures to go with it (but a new version is available right about this time).
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5.0 out of 5 stars BeeKeeping 28 Jun 2011
By Russ
This is a great book And it will help you if you are new to bees. What a great buy from amazon. Thx
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guide to Bees & Honey 30 April 2011
By Sting
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This book is The worlds best selling guide to beekeeping because it covers the difficult to understand subjects in beekeeping in a step by step way. Ted Hooper was a former President of The British Beekeepers Association who sadly passed away in March 2010. His work will go on for ever thanks to this great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guide to bees and honey 31 Jan 2011
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I previously found this book in the library for my husband who has been a beekeeper for over 50 years. Having renewed it endless times, I was delighted to spot it on Amazon.

It is never on the bookshelf as he constantly refers to it. He likes the down to earth viewpoint and would recommend it to any beekeeper as a first book or for more advanced use.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the bee's knees 9 Jan 2011
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Ted Hooper's book is for intending beekeepers and it certainly cuts the mustard. If I have any complaint it is that its pages are so packed with info it is a little like swimming thro honey to read. But when you reach the end you are an amateur beekeeper.

As soon as you reach its end send for a flatpack hive and set up beekeeping.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get it! 20 Dec 2010
If you are thinking of helping these little creatures along but don't know anything about them, sign yourself up for a course with your local beekeeper's branch & buy this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Book for Beekeepers
Just the beekeeping bible, a first on every beekeepers list, a really comprehensive book, all you need to know to get started.
Published 18 days ago by Chinditscook
5.0 out of 5 stars Best seller
This book is a great reference to fall back on.You can not go wrong if you buy it.One for the collection.
Published 2 months ago by brigstow
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
a very good book to read and to offer to inform as many people as possible about the production of honey and bee culture
Published 3 months ago by clairelyne
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Text Book on this Subject
I have read a number of books on this subject but this is by far the best. Slightly academic, perhaps, but very readable none the less . Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ian Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Can be a bit technical but does give you a really good over view of bee keeping, gets you to think about what you are doing and understanding how bees live. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kathy Joyce
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The book explains in great detail the ins & outs of bee keeping , the book is good for future referencing
Published 8 months ago by seddon john
5.0 out of 5 stars Use it all the time
Easily the most comprehensive and informative book on Bee Keeping around which I have read and constantly use as a reference.
Published 9 months ago by Bee Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Bee keeping book
This book was recommended by the local Bee keeping association and is definitely useful. Well worth the read and very detailed.
Published 10 months ago by michael shiner
4.0 out of 5 stars Guide to Bees & Honey.
As a complete novice I learnt such a lot from this book. Still keep referring to it When I come across a new problem with my bees.
Published 10 months ago by JoR
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show!
Thanks for posting me 'Guide to Bees & Honey: The World's Best Selling Guide to Beekeeping ' by Ted Hooper. I am giving you five stars out of five.
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