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4.42 of 5 stars 4.42  ·  rating details  ·  43 ratings  ·  7 reviews
This book is about how to keep bees in a natural and practical system where they do not require treatments for pests and diseases and only minimal interventions. It is also about simple practical beekeeping. It is about reducing your work. It is not a main-stream beekeeping book. Many of the concepts are contrary to "conventional" beekeeping. The techniques presented here ...more
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Published June 1st 2011 by X-Star Publishing Company
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The Practical Beekeeper gets five stars for content, but three stars for format, so I settled on four. Let me complain first:

* The book has no index. Even though it's over 600 pages long, lack of an index wouldn't be so much of a problem if the tome wasn't split up into three books, with the same information presented in different levels of intricacy in all three sections. Meanwhile, the table of contents is *too* in depth. So, to find information a certain topic, I have to read the forty page t
I had read most of his stuff on his website already, so I was familiar with his basic premises. A lot of the info wasn't directly applicable to me as it focused mostly on Langstroth hives and I have a top-bar one, but it was interesting nonetheless. I skimmed a lot of the more advanced stuff like rearing queens. Mostly he advocates for natural cell size (not using foundation), which is what happens naturally in a TBH anyway, no treatments, introducing feral bees' genetics into your queen rearing ...more
Heather Anne
Based on his popular website:, Michael Bush examines modern beekeeping and looks at natural choices for managing bees. As a new beekeeper, I have found his posts interesting and it's good to get the hardcopy in one place for the overall picture. Of course, he is known for his advocacy and explanations of small cell size beekeeping and says with these methods it's possible to deal with one of the major problems of modern beekeeping--varroa mites, and keep in mind other ...more
Nina Carter
The author gives a detailed, matter of fact overview of beekeeping based on his many years of beekeeping experience. When he began keeping bees, he used the commercially available treatments for bee pests that are recommended to help alleive issues with varroa mites, nosema, tracheal mites etc. However, he found that he still lost hives and looked for another answer. He describes how chemical treatments upset the balance of the hive by killing beneficial bacteria, setting up an environment that ...more
Tyler Roberts
A book someone looking into beekeeping should own. My only problem with it is how the book is layed out. Can be a bit hard to find things, but the content is excellant!
A great beekeeping book. Definitely a different approach than other writers/beekeepers out there, and worth a read. Enjoyed the different perspective.
Truly, it is a wonderful reference book I have come to rely on.
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