February 28, 2009

Book Review: Hive Management: A Seasonal Guide for Beekeepers

by Richard Bonney

Likes: no romance here; provides practical information on what should be happening from the beginning to end of the beekeeping season. In Colorado, that's February through September. Or October, depending on what la Niña has to say.
  • the author strives to give an understanding of bee behavior, so the beekeeper can meet their needs
  • explains what to look for during inspections, for example, brood pattern and why it matters
  • gives reason for the various hive management tasks
  • emphasis on respect for the bees – does not push prophylactic antibiotics
  • This book's a really good Winter read for first year beekeepers entering their second year.
Dislikes: no photos.


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