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Top-Bar Beekeeping: Organic Practices for Honeybee Health [Kindle Edition]

Les Crowder , Heather Harrell
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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"An excellent text with information not published elsewhere. A very useful new work on a natural style of honey bee colony management." --Bees for Development Journal

"Outstanding." --Heidi Herrmann, Natural Beekeeping Trust

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In recent years beekeepers have had to face tremendous challenges, from pests such as varroa and tracheal mites and from the mysterious but even more devastating phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Yet in backyards and on rooftops all over the world, bees are being raised successfully, even without antibiotics, miticides, or other chemical inputs.More and more organically minded beekeepers are now using top-bar hives, in which the shape of the interior resembles a hollow log. Long lasting and completely biodegradable, a topbar hive made of untreated wood allows bees to build comb naturally rather than simply filling prefabricated foundation frames in a typical box hive with added supers.



Top-bar hives yield slightly less honey but produce more beeswax than a typical Langstroth box hive. Regular hive inspection and the removal of old combs helps to keep bees healthier and naturally disease-free.



Top-Bar Beekeeping provides complete information on hive management and other aspects of using these innovative hives. All home and hobbyist beekeepers who have the time and interest in keeping bees intensively should consider the natural, low-stress methods outlined in this book. It will also appeal to home orchardists, gardeners, and permaculture practitioners who look to bees for pollination as well as honey or beeswax.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7101 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing (27 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009OJ592C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #291,720 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on TBH beekeeping 14 Jan. 2013
Format:Paperback
I've been using TBH's for a couple of years in the cool, wet, intensively farmed UK Midlands and was recently sent this book from the US. Even allowing for the differences in climate between here and the author's New Mexico base, this is an extremely useful reference for the beginning and intermediate British top bar beekeeper, because the author explains the principles behind each fact and how he refined his techniques over many years, which gives extra insights. His techniques are slightly different to the British tradition that's evolved, for example he does not use spacers between bars, making you review your own practices.

My impression is that top bar beekeeping has been established for a decade longer in New Mexico than in Britain, and there are tips explained coherently and concisely in this book which will be on the Web somewhere, but in a highly dispersed state. This small volume packs a lot of information into it.

I was particularly interested to find detailed diagrams showing how to rearrange combs in different situations; and a slightly different approach to smoking to the one I use. There is a decent index.

The short section on how to discourage bears and skunks was the only bit not relevant in the UK, but interesting nonetheless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 15 July 2013
By Lenphy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The Barefoot bee keeping book left a lot of unanswered questions about managing a Top Bar Hive.

This book gives a more practical approach and answered a lot of those of those unaanswered questions.
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If you are looking to take up beekeeping using the Top Bar Hive (TBH) then this is a MUST read. The way in which you manage the bees in a TBH is quite different from Langstroth/British National. Crowder takes you through how to succeed with this alternative approach to managing these insects. If you are interested in an approach to beekeeping that is more bee centric (as opposed to managing the insects for the sole purpose of maximising honey production), requires significantly less equipment and significantly less financial outlay then this book represents excellent value for money and I thoroughly recommend it.
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