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Beekeeping: A Practical Guide

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Keep your own bees and enjoy delicious golden honey from your own backyard. With his respect and admiration for bees evident on every page, Richard E. Bonney describes how to acquire bees, manage a hive, prevent and treat diseases, and extract a crop of honey. Enthusiastic beekeepers of every stripe and experience level will benefit from Bonney’s astonishing knowledge of t ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 10th 1993 by Storey Publishing, LLC
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Jul 02, 2021 rated it liked it
Printed in the early 90’s some of the info presented is now out of date. Ie: bee species mentioned - midnight and starline, certain mite treatments are no longer available, etc.
Overall a decent book with a lot of good information regarding general beekeeping and some strategies for success. Definitely a good resource for someone just learning about beekeeping but I’m sure there aren’t more up to date sources
Jan 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: bees, non-fiction
I picked this one up at my local bee store on recommendations of their staff. Good quick read. Decent level of detail, but left me with a lot of questions which I found answers to in other books. I'm doing a lot of bee reading this winter in prep for the spring and this was a good start. ...more
Nathan Brant
Jan 23, 2022 rated it really liked it
Thinking about beekeeping? Read this book first. It's well organized, straight forward, and easily understood. And honey. It's all about the honey, honey, honey . . . ...more
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you are planning to be a beekeeper you should read this book. This is not just a book, but a manual for successful beekeeping.

One warning: This book will not help you with the latest diseases that have been destroying bee colonies in the last 10 years. Although, I am sure that if you are planning to become a beekeeper, you already know that you will always have to keep up with journals and publications released by universities that study apiculture in order to know how to medicate your hives
Bob Redmond
Jul 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bees
One of the standards for beginning beekeepers. Published in 1993, the book lacks the latest information on diseases, but since beekeeping has remained mostly the same since the 1850's, theres plenty of valuable information here.


WHY I READ THIS BOOK: It was recommended by a few old-head beekeepers. I had bounced around in it as one of my research aides, but I kept getting drawn in and ended up reading it from beginning to end, in order to appreciate the annual cycle of bees.
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well I have gone from "that is something I am interested in" to "that's something I would like to do someday" to "I can't wait to get started with bee keeping!" This book was very informative and lots of fascinating bee info even if you don't plan on keeping them someday but beware though, after reading it you just may go to " I can't wait to get started with keeping bees" like I did. ...more
Jul 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Beekeeping is something I've had an interest in for many years, although I've never had the space to consider it. This book was a good introduction to the topic and it let me know that even though I'm about to move to 1 acre, I'll still probably need to hold off until I have even more property. Lots of good photos, and the author seems to offer lots of great tips for newbies. I'll be back! ...more
Jan 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
Blech. Sure it had the basics, but this guy is so negative, I don't think he actually wants anyone else to keep bees. ...more
Mar 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Informative and overall seems a good overview. Could use illustrative pictures or diagrams to truly help the neophyte.
Ann Messick
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good book to start.
Jason Ramsey
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I talked to a man who had a beehive, and I realized I knew nothing about honey bees, so I bought this book. Very informative for someone who knows nothing.. I enjoyed it!
Bill Robson
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a useful book for a beginner beekeeper. I own this one.
Jan 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
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This was a good book for explaining to the ignorant (me) without seeming like it was dumbing down everything. Very readable - quick read, 1-2 hours.
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Veteran beekeeper Richard E. Bonney, author of Hive Management, Beekeeping, and co-author of Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees, was the longtime owner of Charlemont Apiaries in Charlemont, Massachusetts.

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