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What would you suggest as the most helpful book you have read so far for a beginner?


#623

If I had to pick just one, it would be Beekeeping for Dummies. It is far from perfect, but it has all of the essentials in an easy-to-follow style. It is very much a practical “how-to” guide.

For a bit more understanding of bee biology, I like The Beekeeper’s Handbook by Sammataro:
http://tinyurl.com/hhd7ok5
https://www.amazon.com/Beekeepers-Handbook-Diana-Sammataro/dp/0801476941/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1483524402&sr=1-4&keywords=beekeeping

Finally, to understand how colonies make choices, and get an insight into the “hive mind”, this book is outstanding and will help you become a better beekeeper. Honey Bee Democracy by Thomas Seeley:
http://tinyurl.com/hbgurq8
https://www.amazon.com/Honeybee-Democracy-Thomas-D-Seeley/dp/0691147213/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1483524497&sr=1-1

For more advanced concepts, Michael Bush’s books and web site are fascinating. He insists that his writing is aimed at novices too, but I think it is easier to understand once you have some basic knowledge and/or experience.


#624

Thank you so much!

          Dawn_SD
          

          January 4

Tiffany_Santos:most helpful book you have read so far for a beginner?

If I had to pick just one, it would be Beekeeping for Dummies. It is far from perfect, but it has all of the essentials in an easy-to-follow style. It is very much a practical “how-to” guide.

For a bit more understanding of bee biology, I like The Beekeeper’s Handbook by Sammataro:
http://tinyurl.com/hhd7ok5

www.amazon.com

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Finally, to understand how colonies make choices, and get an insight into the “hive mind”, this book is outstanding and will help you become a better beekeeper. Honey Bee Democracy by Thomas Seeley:
http://tinyurl.com/hbgurq8

www.amazon.com

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For more advanced concepts, Michael Bush’s books and web site are fascinating. He insists that his writing is aimed at novices too, but I think it is easier to understand once you have some basic knowledge and/or experience.

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Hi Tiffany,

I’m between Annapolis & Baltimore. I’m in my third year of beekeeping & have 3 hives at the moment.
Hope you can start beekeeping soon. Enjoy the classes & read all you can! It’s a challenge but interesting & fun too!

~Patricia

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  Hi Patricia, 

I’m currently in Hagerstown, hoping to move to Western Frederick county. Whereabouts are you?

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  Hello from Maryland in the USA! I will be taking an introduction to beekeeping class for each of the four Sundays in January, so I am a total noob. I am hoping to get my first hive when we buy a house next year. Mostly I want bees because I am concerned with the state a bees in America. But I would love to have beekeeping be a self-sustaining enterprise with some extra honey in my kitchen. Great to meet you all!




  


  
    
      
        
          
        
        
          Romeo_c
          

          January 1

Thank you for the link to Adelaideans!
It looks like my wife will definitely not have the hive in our backyard. My daughter lives in McLaren Vale and has no problems with bees. So I guess the hive will be housed there.
I don’t have the bees yet as I’m not that confident I know all the ropes.
I would love to see a flow hive in action. If anyone is keen to help I’m game enough to travel anywhere.

Regards
Romeo

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#625

~Patricia


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#626

Hello from Bridgetown, have always wanted bees as I intend to have a large veg garden and fruit trees and want the little critters to pollinate my garden. However I wasn’t sure because of the hassle to harvest the honey, I then saw Australian story and now have a full cedar wood kit assembled and ready to go. I will not start however until I have read,researched and received instruction on proper husbandry to ensure the bees thrive and survive.
Andrew


#627

Hi there, we bought our honeyflow 12 months ago but didn’t actually get it setup with bees until just 2 months ago. We’ve both done a brief intro to beekeeping session with a local bee guru, and one of our friends has just done an intensive 1 week program (but has no practical experience). We’ve also viewed most of the honeyflow videos on setting up and managing the hives, but we’re still very much novices.We have an organic vineyard & orchard here in Albany (Western Australia) and are hoping to produce honey just for our own and friends consumption.


#628

@oranjetractor, any details on the week long intensive course? Interested that it runs that long without practical hands on.

Welcome to the forum.


#629

Sorry for my lack of clarity…our friend has had no practical experience with bees (the course did do quite a lot of hands-on apparently).


#630

Hello everyone. My name is Deon and I currently live in London, UK. I have always been very intrigued by apiculture and I am really looking forward to gaining proficiency before ultimately having my own hive. I am moving back to Cape Town, South Africa, in June, where I will embark upon my beekeeping endeavour as soon as I join an association of some kind and find a mentor.

Whilst in London, however, I would like to start building my knowledge of beekeeping. The school where I teach has been approached by the council to start a hive of their own and I would love to get involved in that.

I am really looking forward to learning from and this forum and to meeting new people. Any tips and suggestions would be greatly appreciated, especially concerning apiculture associations in both London (Wimbledon or Hackney area) and Cape Town.

Warm regards

Deon


#631

You’ve got time to take a beginners’ course

http://www.bbka.org.uk/about/local_associations/find_an_association.php


#632

@Dee Thank you! You are a star


#633

G’day Dave how is Flynn these days, I lived there in the early 70’s and our house on Sanderson crs was one of the first built.


#634

Hi, Caterina here. I am a beek with one flowhive and plans for more as well as a native beehive or three before the year is out. I live in Cudgera Creek, half way between Byron Bay and the Tweed River in Northern New South Wales, Australian.

I love handling the bees… it’s a little scary but it makes me feel realy brave. :blush: & i love the smells of the hive and I didn’t expect that.


#635

Hi my name is Adrienne and I am an extreme newbie to this entire process. I am Canadian from Ontario and living in Mexico. Finally got my equipment after a very long time but am not ready to setup yet. There are bees here in Mexico - Melipona bees - that I would like to work with. They are native to the Yucatan and are endangered. There was some info that indicated their construction differed from the normal honeycomb. Is anyone aware of this difference and can the FlowHive be used for them?


#636

These are stingless bees. They are tiny, the size of ants. They won’t give you honey in a Flow I’m afraid. Have a search here for stingless bees or message @JeffH . He has videos of stingless bees on the forum

http://luckypeach.com/the-stingless-bees-of-the-yucatan-mayan-beekeeping/

If you put stingless bees in search there are 20 threads on them


#637

Dee you really are a font of knowledge on all thing bees. :slight_smile: i am reading Tim Heard’s book about stingless bees in my area. It’s very interesting.


#638

Not really…lots yet I want to know and not enough time left on the planet :wink:


#639

Hi…
Greetings to all the fellow Beekeepers!!!:wave:
I am aspiring to become a Beekeeper. Currently, I am working in Nigeria.
I was always fascinated about bees and their way of life. I got to know about flow hive through a video shared by one of my friend. It was amazing. I wanted to start immediately.
When I did some google checks, I couldn’t find more details about forums or associations in Nigeria. Later, I got to know about this forum…

Kindly let me know if someone knows about beekeeping in Nigeria… I would really appreciate.

Thank you :+1:


#640

Hi there Everyone. I am Grace and I am a Nigerian. Well I am completely new into bee farming and have been reading online until I came across this great community of wonderful people. I am already learning a lot and hope to learn more.


#641

You welcome dear. i am in nigeria also.