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The Australian Beekeeping Manual

Robert Owen


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PUBLISHED: 29th September 2015
ISBN: 9781921966880
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Aimed at both the novice and experienced beekeeper, and supported by over 350 photographs and drawings, this is the ultimate essential manual on Australian beekeeping. Chapters cover equipment, how to obtain bees, where to locate them, colony management, extracting honey, the bee-friendly garden, entering honey in competitions, and native bees.
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  • Hardcover
    $36.99
PUBLISHED: 29th September 2015
ISBN: 9781921966880
ANNOTATION:
Aimed at both the novice and experienced beekeeper, and supported by over 350 photographs and drawings, this is the ultimate essential manual on Australian beekeeping. Chapters cover equipment, how to obtain bees, where to locate them, colony management, extracting honey, the bee-friendly garden, entering honey in competitions, and native bees.

Annotation

Aimed at both the novice and experienced beekeeper, and supported by over 350 photographs and drawings, this is the ultimate essential manual on Australian beekeeping. Chapters cover equipment, how to obtain bees, where to locate them, colony management, extracting honey, the bee-friendly garden, entering honey in competitions, and native bees.

Publisher Description

The book is aimed at both the novice and experienced beekeeper in Australia and explains in detail the steps required to manage colonies of bees. Supported by over 350 photographs and drawings, each action to be performed is explained in detail with photographs showing the steps as well as the final result. Many potential beekeepers are unclear about the equipment they need to buy and how to obtain their first colony of bees. The first chapters in the book explain in detail the equipment needed as well as equipment that may be useful later on as their confidence and experience grows. The chapter 'Your First Bees' explains how to obtain bees, where to locate them in the garden, and the basics of colony management. In addition to chapters on keeping bees, there are detailed chapters on the life cycle of the honey bee, extracting honey, the bee-friendly garden, entering honey in competitions, native bees and rearing queens. The result is a comprehensive manual that includes material not available in other Australian, North American or European books and is the ultimate Australian reference source.

Author Biography

Robert Owen was introduced to the world of beekeeping in 2002 and hasn't looked back. At first beekeeping was a hobby but it has now evolved into a family business, Bob's Beekeeping Supplies, that offers beekeeping equipment and education. This book is the culmination of his own years of expertise and experience and also draws on the individual tales he has heard of the challenges and successes of managing honey bees in various environments.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1

  • Life history of the honey bee
  • Castes of the honey bee
  • The Western honey bee and its subspecies
  • Lifecycle of the honey bee
  • Mating and drone congregation areas
  • Life as a young adult bee
  • Collecting nectar and pollen
  • Communications and navigation
  • Honey bees as superorganisms
  • Superorganism decision making

Chapter 2

  • Basic equipment and protective clothing
  • Equipment
  • Protective clothing

Chapter 3

  • Constructing hives
  • Constructing a hive
  • Other parts of a hive

Chapter 4

  • Frames and how to build them
  • Frames
  • Cleaning used frames
  • Attaching foundation to the frame
  • Using wax or plastic foundation
  • Using plastic sides for frames

Chapter 5

  • Your first bees
  • Obtaining your first bees
  • What kind of bees should I keep?
  • Should I buy an established hive or catch a swarm?
  • Swarms and swarm catching
  • Transferring an established colony
  • Moving hives
  • General maintenance and inspections during the first year

Chapter 6

  • Locating your bees
  • Locating hives on your property
  • Hive position in summer and winter
  • Urban beekeeping
  • Feeding bees water

Chapter 7

  • Spring and summer management
  • Inspections
  • Inspecting hives during late spring and summer - what is involved?
  • Managing the build-up of bees in your hive to maximise honey production
  • Managing the honey flow
  • Merging colonies
  • Feeding syrup
  • Sugar candy
  • Feeding pollen or pollen substitute
  • Swarms
  • Splits
  • Demaree method
  • Providing hives for pollination
  • Collecting pollen

Chapter 8

  • Autumn and winter management
  • Autumn
  • The winter shutdown
  • Winter

Chapter 9 Extracting

  • Using a sieve to harvest honey
  • Use of an extractor to harvest honey
  • Choosing an extractor
  • Type of extractor to buy
  • Comb honey
  • Reuse of wax foundation
  • Colour of wax

Chapter 10 Preparing honey for sale and for competitions

  • Preparing honey for sale
  • Preparing honey for competitions

Chapter 11 Rearing queens

  • Introduction
  • The three reasons for a colony to produce a new queen
  • Hive splitting
  • Queen candy

Chapter 12 Sustainable beekeeping

  • Natural beekeeping hives

Chapter 13 The bee-friendly garden

  • Bee-friendly flowering plants
  • Further considerations of the bee-friendly garden
  • A garden is a work in progress

Chapter 14 Native bees

  • Social bees
  • Solitary bees

Chapter 15 Diseases of the honey bee

  • Diseases of brood
  • Good management practices to minimise disease in the colony
  • American Foul Brood (AFB)
  • European Foul Brood (EFB)
  • Sacbrood virus (SBV)
  • Chalkbrood
  • Adult bee diseases
  • Nosema
  • Deformed wing virus (DWV) Chapter 16 Parasites of the honey bee
  • Varroa
  • Tropilaelaps mites - the Asian mite Chapter 17 Pests of the honey bee
  • Wax Moth
  • Small Hive Beetle (SHB)
  • Braula fly

Chapter 18 Other problems of the honey bee

  • Pesticide and fungicide poisoning
  • Chilled brood
  • Overheating of the hive
  • Damp hives
  • Cane toads
  • Ants
  • Mice
  • Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)

Chapter 19 Other types of bees and wasps

  • The Asian honey bee (Apis cerana)
  • Bumblebees
  • Wasps
  • Asian hornets
  • Other races of Apis mellifera
  • Other species of Asian bees

Appendix: Size of frames and boxes Glossary Acknowledgements and photographic credits Bibliography Index

Review

"a standout reference for the new beekeeper...Even experienced beekeepers will learn a thing or two...contain(s) a wealth of information and is better value than many bee books currently on the market" The Amateur Beekeeper "A well-illustrated hardback with more than 350 photos. A good mix of the entertaining and the technical, it includes excellent tips on creating bee-friendly gardens." Better Homes and Gardens "A valuable reference for anyone wanting to raise and nurture bees. Everything is covered." Organic Gardening "THE Australian Beekeeping Manual with its colour photographs and illustrations would not look out of place on the coffee table. Yet, it is unlikely to make it there, let alone to a bookshelf. It will, more than likely, live in a glovebox or backpack so it can be consulted outdoors or in the workshop as a ready reference for beekeepers." The Weekly Times "This timely book has more than 350 detailed instructional photos and illustrations...this is a manual with everything you need to know." Your Garden "With years of experience and expertise...Robert Owen shares his knowledge on how to get started, bee-friendly gardens and so much more." Home Ideas Magazine "...a comprehensive manual that includes material not available in other Australian, North American or European books." American Bee Journal "This manual can help apiarists avoid the pitfalls and understand the process, and is perfect for the novice through to the lifelong beekeeper." Sanctuary Magazine "Robert Owen, author of the recently released book The Australian Beekeeping Manual - written specifically for Australian beekeepers - shares tips on how to create a bee-friendly garden, whether you're a beekeeper, or just want to encourage bees to visit your garden." Seven Canaries "With bees' dwindling numbers a hot topic, Bob says locals can assist honey and native bees by planting a wide range of flowering plants." The Weekly Review "...an excellent, but above all extremely comprehensive reference book, that is at the same time...eminently readable." Australasian Beekeeper "If you'd like to have a go at housing bees for honey, Robert Owens' just published Australian Beekeeping Manual is a good place to start." Sydney Morning Herald

Long Description

The book is aimed at both the novice and experienced beekeeper in Australia and explains in detail the steps required to manage colonies of bees. Supported by over 350 photographs and drawings, each action to be performed is explained in detail with photographs showing the steps as well as the final result. Many potential beekeepers are unclear about the equipment they need to buy and how to obtain their first colony of bees. The first chapters in the book explain in detail the equipment needed as well as equipment that may be useful later on as their confidence and experience grows. The chapter 'Your First Bees' explains how to obtain bees, where to locate them in the garden, and the basics of colony management. In addition to chapters on keeping bees, there are detailed chapters on the life cycle of the honey bee, extracting honey, the bee-friendly garden, entering honey in competitions, native bees and rearing queens. The result is a comprehensive manual that includes material not available in other Australian, North American or European books and is the ultimate Australian reference source.

Review Quote

"a standout reference for the new beekeeper...Even experienced beekeepers will learn a thing or two...contain(s) a wealth of information and is better value than many bee books currently on the market"

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The essential beekeeping manual for both novice and experienced beekeepers in Australia. The ultimate reference source.

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The essential beekeeping manual for both novice and experienced beekeepers in Australia. The ultimate reference source.

Description for Sales People

  • Step-by-step instructions are supported by over 350 photographs and drawings that explain in detail the steps needed for successful colony management. The ultimate Australian reference source - the most comprehensive and detailed. Ever. Includes a chapter on native bees, the unacknowledged pollinators of Australia. Includes information on bumblebees, European wasps and the Asian Honey Bee, all three of which are found in Australia but which are not covered in other Australian beekeeping books in any detail. Pre-emptive text includes information on major threats to honey bee health that have not yet been found in Australia but which are already widespread in Asia, North America and Europe (e.g. Varroa mite). Self-contained chapters mean the book can be dipped into as a quick reference or read from beginning to end. The only beekeeping book published globally that includes a comprehensive chapter on how to enter honey in competition

Description for Press or Other Media

The book is aimed at both the novice and experienced beekeeper in Australia. With over 350 photographs and drawings, it covers the beekeeping equipment needed, how to obtain bees, where to locate them in the garden and the basics of colony management. There are also detailed chapters on the life cycle of the honey bee, extracting honey, the bee-friendly garden, entering honey in competitions, native bees and rearing queens. The result is an invaluable beekeeping resource. The ultimate reference.

Product Details

Author
Robert Owen
Year
2015
ISBN-10
1921966882
ISBN-13
9781921966880
Format
Hardcover
Publication Date
2015-10-01
Country of Publication
Australia
Short Title
AUSTRALIAN BEEKEEPING MANUAL
Language
English
Media
Book
Pages
352
Publisher
Exisle Publishing
Subtitle
Includes over 350 Detailed Instructional Photographs and Illustrations
Audience
General/Trade

Product Reviews

17 Oct, 2018
By Graeme
12 Jun, 2018
Great book, very helpful.
By Sean
19 Sep, 2017
Very Informative
By Colin
04 Aug, 2017
Very good info great illustrations...
By Shiena