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The Practical Beekeeper Volume II Intermediate Beekeeping Naturally Paperback – 17 Jun 2011

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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: X-STAR PUBLISHING COMPANY (17 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1614760624
  • ISBN-13: 978-1614760627
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Michael Bush has had an eclectic set of careers from printing and graphic arts, to construction to computer programming and a few more in between. Currently he is working in computers. He has been keeping bees since the mid 70's, usually from two to seven hives up until the year 2000. Varroa forced more experimentation which required more hives and the number has grown steadily over the years from then. By 2008 it was about 200 hives. He is active on many of the Beekeeping forums with last count at over 50,000 posts between all of them. "His writing is like his talks, with more content, detail, and depth than one would think possible with such few words...his website and PowerPoint presentations are the gold standard for diverse and common sense beekeeping practices."--Dean Stiglitz


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Very disappointed with this book, in his forword the author states "I have virtually all of this book on my website and have posted it many times on bee forums. There is little new here". To start with the print is large which would be OK if it had been stated before hand but it makes the book look to have more content. The content is very American in context and uses acronyms which I am unfamiliar with. The author called the book intermediate beeping and goes on to have pages devoted to carts (sack barrows), feeding (which I would have though was a beginner topic). The author seems to be obsessed with small cell sizes and includes 5 pages of photographs of different foundation with a rule laid over to prove a point. Regarding photographs; they are all black and white - no colour in the book apart from the cover. The reproduction is poor, matt, very dark and difficult to see when printed over impossible to read the text. The author included pages of text taken from other sources which would be interesting had they not been from easily accessed web sites etc. The index does not match the text, non of the topics I looked for were on the pages states.
Generally I feel the book is not worth the money and had it not been gifted I would have sent it back. I am going to let my local association see it so that they do not fall into the trap of buying it.
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After a decades-long hiatus from beekeeping, I decided to return to the undertaking a couple of years ago. The wonder of, and love for, bees was instilled in me as a young girl, by my father who first introduced me to them in the back yard, with honey smeared across my fingers. As they licked up the honey with their funny, little tongues, he explained to me how they were all little girl bees (except for the lazy drones back in the hive!) and said, "They'll never hurt you unless you hurt them first." Never once was he wrong. And never once have I lost the fascination with the utter miracle that is a wee honeybee.

But everything has changed since Dad first began teaching me about bees. Back in those days you pretty much just dumped a package in a box lined with foundation, walked away, and came back in a few months to reap the rewards of their unceasing labor. Even as I bought the first of my apiary equipment, in anticipation of spring, I was daunted. Pesticides, Varroa mites, tracheal mites, zombie flies, nosema, AFB, SHB, EFB, CCD, wax moth, stone brood, sac brood, chalk brood, parafoul brood, winter die-out...good grief - it's enough to make you quit beekeeping before you ever start! To say nothing of all the cures and preventions for it all! Everything I read had an ominous whiff of gloom and doom and the odds of a hive making it for long without some serious issues didn't look good - to say nothing of the costs and work involved in keeping them hanging on.

I come from a "conventional" beekeeping background, and I read up on all the treatments and preventions. I didn't like any of them. Why give antibiotics to someone that isn't sick, for crying out loud?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for alternative treatments 27 Feb. 2016
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Solid book, difficult to navigate sometimes. It is good to know there are other more naturistic methods to deal with diseases, I wish I studied more to recognize symptoms of diseases, than read the entire book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series and the format they're written 19 May 2015
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Love this series and the format they're written. Clear, concise, not a lot of mumbo jumbo and word fillers. Straight forward and to the point. Great book for advice on various topics related to beekeeping.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Beekeeping At Its Finest 3 May 2012
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Finally, a common sense book on beekeeping, that doesn't rely on chemicals in the hive. Another case where simpler is better. I have all three books, and they are well worth the money! I can't say enough good things about these books. Thanks, Michael Bush!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Advice 18 Aug. 2013
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Great book of practical advice for chemical free beekeepers. I just ordered Vol. III and I expect the same or similar type of practical advice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT MATERIALS... 14 Mar. 2016
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COMPLETELY SATISFYING transaction. TOP QUALITY product and SPEEDY DELIVERY one day earlier than anticipated. AAA+++, Thanks
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