Beekeeping can be a fascinating hobby, a profitable sideline, or a full-time occupation. Beekeeping Basics provides information on the colony and its organization, beekeeping equipment, how to start with bees, colony management, how to manage maladies, honey production and processing, pollination, and handling beeswax and pollen trapping, as well as a glossary and an appendix.
Beekeepers (beginning, hobbyist, professional)
- The Colony and Its Organization (Queen, Drones, Workers, Laying Workers, Bee Development, Brood);
- Beekeeping Equipment (The Hive, Ancillary Equipment, Protective Clothing);
- Starting with Bees (Package Bees, Nucleus Colonies, Buying Established Colonies, Collecting Swarms, Taking Bees out of Walls and Buildings, Selecting the Right Type of Bee for Your Operation, Apiary Location, Beekeeping in the Urban/Suburban Setting);
- Handling Bees (Colony Management, Early Spring Management of Overwintered Colonies, Swarm Management, Late Spring and Summer Management, Fall Management, Summary of Management Practices throughout the Year);
- Managing Maladies (Diseases, Parasites, and Pests and Their Control; Brood Diseases; Diseases of Adult Bees; Parasitic Mites; Pests);
- Protecting Honey Bees from Pesticides);
- Honey Production and Processing (Forms of Honey, Honey Removal and Processing, Marketing);
- Pollination (Moving Bees, When to Move Bees on to the Crop, Colony Strength, Number of Colonies Needed, Competitive Plants, Colony Distribution, Effect of Weather, Crop Characteristics and Needs, Pollination Contracts);
- Handling Beeswax and Pollen Trapping (Rendering Beeswax, Trapping Pollen from Colonies)
Ed Rajotte, Ph.D., Dave Biddinger, Ph.D.