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Best Beekeeping Books Reviewed & Ranked

Here is a list of the best Beekeeping books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. Beekeeping For Dummies (For Dummies (Lifestyle)) (2017)

 Best Beekeeping Books Reviewed & RankedIf you’ve ever thought about becoming a backyard beekeeper—or have already tried a hand at it and want to be better one—then this is the book for you! In Beekeeping for Dummies, 4th Edition you’ll find everything you need to know in order to start your own colony, including how to assemble and maintain beehives, handle every phase of honey production, purchase and use all the latest tools, and what to do beyond your first season. This hands-on guide provides all the tools, tips, tricks, and techniques needed to become a real backyard beekeeper. You’ll learn to…
Author(s): Howland Blackiston

2. The Backyard Beekeeper, 4th Edition: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden (2018)

 Best Beekeeping Books Reviewed & Ranked  More than a guide to beekeeping, this handbook features expert advice for: What's New?  With this complete resource and the expert advice of Bee Culture editor Kim Flottum, your bees will be healthy, happy, and more productive.  #16,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #12 in Biology of Insects & Spiders #22 in Animal Husbandry (Books) #5 in Agriculture Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Kim Flottum

3. Beekeeping for Beginners: How To Raise Your First Bee Colonies (2019)

 Best Beekeeping Books Reviewed & RankedEasy beekeeping for new-bees.Wouldn’t it be great to raise your own bees, have a fresh supply of honey, and bring thousands of healthy pollinators into your yard? Beekeeping for Beginners is a simple, step-by-step guide that helps you learn the fundamentals of modern beekeeping. You (and your bees) will be buzzing with delight.From picking the right hive and bringing your bees home to surviving winter and collecting honey, experienced beekeeper Amber Bradshaw takes you on an easy-to-follow journey through your first year of beekeeping and beyond.Beekeeping for Beginners includes: Begin your beekeeping the right way―and…
Author(s): Amber Bradshaw

4. The Beekeeper’s Handbook (2011)

 Best Beekeeping Books Reviewed & RankedSince 1973, tens of thousands of first-time and experienced beekeepers alike have relied on The Beekeeper’s Handbook as the best single-volume guide to the hobby and profession of beekeeping. Featuring clear descriptions and authoritative content, this handbook provides step-by-step directions accompanied by more than 100 illustrations for setting up an apiary, handling bees, and working throughout the season to maintain a healthy colony of bees and a generous supply of honey. This book explains the various colony care options and techniques, noting advantages…
Author(s): Diana Sammataro , Alphonse Avitabile, et al.

5. Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture, 2nd Edition (2013)

 Best Beekeeping Books Reviewed & RankedToday’s beekeepers face unprecedented challenges, a fact that is now front-page news with the spread of “colony collapse disorder.” Newly introduced pests like varroa and tracheal mites have made chemical treatment of hives standard practice, but pest resistance is building, which in turn creates demand for new and even more toxic chemicals. In fact, there is evidence that chemical treatments are making matters worse. It’s time for a new approach. Now revised and updated with new resources and including full-color photos throughout, Natural Beekeeping offers all the latest information in a book that has already…
Author(s): Ross Conrad, Gary Paul Nabhan

6. Top-Bar Beekeeping: Organic Practices for Honeybee Health (2012)

 Best Beekeeping Books Reviewed & RankedIn recent years beekeepers have had to face tremendous challenges, from pests such as varroa and tracheal mites and from the mysterious but even more devastating phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Yet in backyards and on rooftops all over the world, bees are being raised successfully, even without antibiotics, miticides, or other chemical inputs.More and more organically minded beekeepers are now using top-bar hives, in which the shape of the interior resembles a hollow log. Long lasting and completely biodegradable, a topbar hive…
Author(s): Les Crowder, Heather Harrell

7. A-Z Beekeeping with the Slovenian hive (2017)

 Best Beekeeping Books Reviewed & RankedThis is not a miracle hive, one more from many. It is proven and survived concept from the country with old beekeeping tradition, from the country that gave first governmental beekeeping teacher in the Central Europe and that had live contacts over the ocean with exchange of beekeeping experts as well involvement in main spread of well know Carniolan bee. The original hive design was developed during direct experience with the American way of beekeeping at the end of 19th century, but slowly introduced at the beginning of 20th century. It overrode all other concept and with some new…
Author(s): Janko Bozic, Neja Kaligaro, et al.

8. Beginning Beekeeping: Everything You Need to Make Your Hive Thrive! (2017)

 Best Beekeeping Books Reviewed & Ranked    Featuring more than 120 color photos, Beginning Beekeeping will teach any beginner how to foster and maintain healthy, vibrant colonies. You’ll learn how to set up a colony and attract bees, how to incorporate best practices and techniques for keeping colonies strong, and how to troubleshoot and treat a broad range of common hive issues. Along the way, you’ll learn how to harvest your honey and keep your bees healthy and happy.   Included in Beginning Beekeeping:   ·       how and where to set up hives for maximum success, buying and installing bees, feeding…
Author(s): Tanya Phillips

9. First Lessons in Beekeeping (2007)

 Best Beekeeping Books Reviewed & RankedFirst Lessons in Beekeeping introduces the prospective beekeeper to the basics of beekeeping through easy-to-understand text and numerous color photos on honey bee biology, beekeeping equipment, management, honey production and processing, as well as disease diagnosis and treatment. In the preface to this book, author Keith Delaplane says of his first book on beekeeping, “Its pages opened to me a golden world of honey bees and beekeeping and guided my stumbling steps that first spring season. My story is but one of thousands who have passed through the door opened…
Author(s): Keith S. Delaplane

10. 2 Years Beekeeping Journal Monthly Planner With Beehive Inspection Checklist: Helpful Beekeeper Record Book To Track Beehive Health; Pest, Disease & … Control, Beehive Placement, Swarming & Cost (2019)

 Best Beekeeping Books Reviewed & Ranked2 Years Beekeeping Journal Monthly Planner With Beehive Inspection Checklist(Helpful Beekeeper Record Book To Track Beehive Health; Pest, Disease & Harvest Tracker; Guided Questions For Bees Supply, Pest Control, Beehive Placement, Swarming & Cost)THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE OWNING BEES: There are a lot of things to consider before owning bees, regardless of whether you are a hobbyist or professional. Before you start the journey, work through the small details as illustrated in this book, such as COST OF RAISING BEES: Write down the cost of getting the apiary together. Some examples given are the cost of bees, beehives, beesuits,…
Author(s): Zen Beekeeper Journal

11. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Beekeeping: Everything the Budding Beekeeper Needs for a Healthy, Productive Hive (2010)

 Best Beekeeping Books Reviewed & RankedThe Complete Idiot’s Guide(r) to Beekeeping has all the information a begin­ning beekeeper needs to know to start a hive and keep it buzzing. Expert beekeepers Dean Stiglitz and Laurie Herboldsheimer, owners of Golden Rule Honey, take readers step by step through the entire process-from information on the inhabitants of a hive and how it works to collecting bees, keeping them healthy, raising a queen, harvesting honey and wax, and stor­ing hives for the off- season. #219,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #1334 in Sustainable Living #140 in Biology of Insects & Spiders #319…
Author(s): Dean Stiglitz, Laurie Herboldsheimer

12. Beekeeping At Buckfast Abbey with a section on mead making (1987)

 Best Beekeeping Books Reviewed & RankedMethods used by Brother Adam, creator of the Buckfast Bee strain to manage bee colonies in Devon, England. Emphasis on general observati #166,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #251 in Animal Husbandry (Books) #86 in Agriculture #4912 in Engineering (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Brother Adam

Best Beekeeping Books Reviewed & Ranked

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some beekeeping books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

A beekeeping guide

Author(s): Harlan H D Attfield
ID: 876486, Publisher: Volunteers in Technical Assistance , Year: [198-], Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

Beekeeping for Dummies

Author(s): Howland Blackiston
ID: 2665240, Publisher: , Year: 2020, Size: 46 Mb, Format: epub

The Complete Bee Handbook: History, Recipes, Beekeeping Basics, and More

Author(s): Caron, Dewey M.
ID: 2695558, Publisher: Rockridge Press, Year: 2020, Size: 6 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are truly hot items according to USA Today, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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