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Top-Bar Beekeeping: Organic Practices for Honeybee Health

by Les Crowder

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This book is a wonderful guide to top-bar beekeeping. There are few books that are specific to this way of beekeeping and this is an essential addition to the top-bar beekeepers library.

The authors add their own insight on best practices for natural hive management without chemical interventions. Chapters cover the beekeeping basics of bee biology and hive management, but what sets this book apart from other natural beekeeping guides are the illustrations of top-bar hive management. These useful diagrams demonstrate hive management techniques specific to top-bar hives for each season of the year as well as solutions for specific conditions a beekeeper may encounter - combining hives, making a divide, etc.

Another fascinating addition is the section on raising queens. Since the emphasis in this book is on building disease resistant bees that are successful locally, the information on raising queens in a top-bar hive is valuable and helpful to beekeepers who are also interested in strengthening the genetic diversity of bees in their area.

I was concerned that the book would be useful only to those in an arid, high-elevation environment, however the authors are specific about their experience with local plants and climate conditions. They often mention when the information they are imparting is specific to their environment.
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  jeangabrielle | Mar 13, 2016 |
This book is a wonderful guide to top-bar beekeeping. There are few books that are specific to this way of beekeeping and this is an essential addition to the top-bar beekeepers library.

The authors add their own insight on best practices for natural hive management without chemical interventions. Chapters cover the beekeeping basics of bee biology and hive management, but what sets this book apart from other natural beekeeping guides are the illustrations of top-bar hive management. These useful diagrams demonstrate hive management techniques specific to top-bar hives for each season of the year as well as solutions for specific conditions a beekeeper may encounter - combining hives, making a divide, etc.

Another fascinating addition is the section on raising queens. Since the emphasis in this book is on building disease resistant bees that are successful locally, the information on raising queens in a top-bar hive is valuable and helpful to beekeepers who are also interested in strengthening the genetic diversity of bees in their area.

I was concerned that the book would be useful only to those in an arid, high-elevation environment, however the authors are specific about their experience with local plants and climate conditions. They often mention when the information they are imparting is specific to their environment.
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  jeangabrielle | Mar 13, 2016 |
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Top-Bar Beekeeping provides complete information on hive management and other aspects of using top-bar hives.

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