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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping bees natures way.
With the intention of taking up bee keeping for the bees sake rather than for what could be taken from them untill I read this book I was left dissapointed by the attitudes that seemed to prevail through much of the beekeeping fraternity. What a breath of fresh air Mr chandler is with his natural holistic approach to keeping bees. His honest book has renewed my enthusiasm...
Published on 11 July 2009 by David

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1.0 out of 5 stars Not the cure-all it's made out to be
First of all let me say I have 10 years of beekeeping experience in the harsh climate of North East Scotland.

Beginner beekeepers beware of being sucked in by the rosy hyperbole delivered by this book.

If you can't treat your bees for varroa (and this hive design doesn't easily allow you to) it's 99% certain your bees will die if not in the first...
Published on 20 Jan. 2013 by Gerry


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5.0 out of 5 stars Nature friendly beekeeping, 16 Sept. 2009
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If you are wanting to start beekeeping in a non invasive and natural way, this book is a must read! It shows you everything you need to get you started including building your own hives etc!
It will also lead you to Phil's Biobees website and the forum where you can get help on any aspect of Top Bar sustainable beekeeping.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For the love of bees!, 7 Feb. 2010
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This is a very informative yet simple guide for small time beekeepers who are interested in keeping bees in as natural an environment as possible. Highly recommended for beginners and experienced beekeepers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A left field view, 12 Jan. 2010
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I bought this Book because I found so many orthodox Bee Keeping Books repetitive. It's a little left of field, certainly Holistic in approach. I like it...

If you are interested in the Bees welfare then this is the Book for you...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Superficial and Lacking in detail, 30 Oct. 2014
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I would summarise this book as being a book about building a top bar hive and a general discussion of bee keeping but it is lacking in some detail and the production is not very good. The photographs are not very clear and are fuzzy black and white.

Most importatly it is lacking in the detail on how to actually run or operate your beehive once you have built it and have your bees. There are no photographs on how to interpret the cells, for example what is a honey cell, queen cell , capped brood, etc. All this detail is missing and it is a pity. You are better of going to youtube and watching many of the videos that are available there, including how to build a top bar bee hive. In many respects this book is useless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barefoot Review, 9 Oct. 2009
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P. R. Simkins "Pete" (Birmingham) - See all my reviews
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A great book with lots of excellent information about how to start beekeeping in an unexpensive, bee friendly way. Very readable
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, 9 Aug. 2013
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This book provides a wonderful start to modern (old-fashioned) bee-keeping. It's full of helpful factual information and background history of bee-keeping.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 18 Jun. 2013
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This book gives a totally different take on beekeeping and I will definitely try some of the ideas in it
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice book, not sure about the advice, 7 Jun. 2010
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The 'Barefoot Beekeeper' would appeal to anyone brought up in the 70's to favour working with nature and organic farming. It describes a method of keeping bees which has been used successfully in Africa for ages and shows we also can use it to keep bees with less medicinal and manipulative intervention, and incidentally, less cost. The author writes well and persuasively and is an experienced beekeeper so he knows what he is talking about.
What I'm not so sure about is if the methods he describes will actually work as well in the face of invasive new diseases and in the temperate, northern climate of Britain as they do in with agressive bees in the tropics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 17 Jun. 2013
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As a first time Bee keeper this is helpful, informative and encouraging.
Have built the 'hive' and transferred Bees from between the bathroom window and shutter.
So far so good. Now awaiting their use of the top bars!
Looking forward to joining in on one of Chandler's courses in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm!, 6 April 2013
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A good book but the author is a rather anti other bee-keepers styles of bee-keeping. I do not know much (yet) about bee-keeping but will keep an open mind.
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