5.0 out of 5 stars
How to Raise a Swarm of Africanized Killer Bees to crush your enemies!, 14 Dec 2011
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Whilst that particular chapter has been curiously omitted this book excellently covers everything else extremely helpfully for beginners/intermediates.
The contents are as follows:
Part 1 - Getting Hooked on Honey Bees
Chapter 1 - To Bee or not to Bee?
A good chapter dealing with the benefits of beekeeping, costs and equipment, stings, responsibility and consideration etc
Chapter 2 - Life inside the Honey Bee Hive
Biology, life cycle, language etc of bees
Part 2 - Starting your adventure
Chapter 3 - Locating your Hive
Chapter 4 - Stocking up on Basic Bee Equipment
Chapter 5 - Obtaining and Hiving your Bees
Part 3 - Looking Inside Your Hive
Chapter 6 - Opening Your Hive
Chapter 7 - What to Look for when You're Inspecting
Chapter 8 - Your Work throughout the Seasons
Covers Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring with 'to-do' lists for each season.
Part 4 - Common Problems and Simple Solutions
Chapter 9 - Heading off Potential Problems
Swarming (yes!) missing Queen, 'robbing frenzies'!
Chapter 10 - Treating Diseases and Considering Colony Collapse Disorder
Chapter 11 - Buzz Off! Dealing with Honey Bee Pests
Various mites, moths and ants etc
Chapter 12 - Raising your own Queens
Part 5 - Sweet Rewards
Chapter 13 - Getting Ready for the Golden Harvest
Chapter 14 - Honey, I'm Home: Harvest Time
Part 6 - The Part of Tens
Chapter 15 - Ten Fun Things to Do with Bees
Nce chapter. Wildlife gardening, brewing mead, making candles from beeswax etc.
Chapter 16 - Ten Frequently Asked Questions about Bee Behaviour
Chapter 17 - Ten Delicious Honey Recipes
Appendix: A Helpful Resource
Includes Honey Bee websites, Bee organisations, equipment supply places etc.
It's a really brilliant guide for anyone considering taking the plunge. It will have the affect of putting some people off as there is an awful lot to it but that is still a valuable lesson to learn. Can't fault it at all, really nicely written and compiled.