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4.19  ·  Rating details ·  1,202 ratings  ·  134 reviews
"Beekeeping For Dummies, 4th Edition" provides readers with updated information on the latest medications (even as recent as 2015 medications keep changing), new hives such as "The Flow Hive," and new non-chemical ways to keep bees healthy (called natural beekeeping).And based on reader feedback, what to do beyond your first season--thinking about your second season. ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published January 17th 2017 by For Dummies (first published February 15th 2002)
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Lesli
Dec 09, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beekeeping
Good for the basics, but skims the surface of some areas--like extracting--that really require a bit more depth for the beginner. Also, dogmatic, and "one right way" attitude that spoils things for me. Too much advice on using chemicals. ...more
Tara
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely going to buy a copy of this book. This was very detailed in everything you'll need to start up beekeeping, including blueprints to build your own hive, how to brew your own mead and various recipes. ...more
jimtown
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: farming, nonfiction
Logically organized and very helpful volume for the person interested in beginning beekeeping. I was able to locate the areas of most interest to me and save some of the less vital chapters to read as needed, such as diseases of the bee. Beekeeping for Dummies shows not only the best equipment to use, but some of the less common hives, such as the observation hive. Then it leaves us with links to places to get either a starter kit or the items needed to build or buy and keep bees, including the ...more
Jason M Waltz
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nf-advice, nf-growing
excellent, helpful, delivered what I sought. easy to read as all Dummy books are. if you have any interest in bees, this is a great book to start with.
Maia Castonguay
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a young beekeeper who just started my own honey business, I found this book to be very helpful. It gave the basics on how to do virtually everything in the beekeeping world. Although I have already been in the honey business, these tips and tricks were still very helpful to me as I start my own business. This book was a very easy read and separated the chapters in a way that helped me understand the content to its full capacity.
Overall, I see myself using this book in the future, even after a
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Rome Doherty
This is the text for a local beekeeping class. It has more information than I want but I think it will be a good resource.
Mark Hartzer
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very comprehensive guide for a new beekeeper, and by and large, it does that job very well. I really liked the color photos as well as the short sections dealing with common issues that one is likely to encounter. BUT, and this is a big but, Mr. Blackiston relies extensively on toxic methods such as Apistan even though he acknowledges that mites might becoming resistant to this form of miticide. Still, it's probably a mostly small point for most people. I think that it is important to ...more
Chris
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great introduction on how to get started
will remain on my shelf for some time i would think. Having just produced my first 20kg batch of honey im looking forward to the next!

Also, this gives you a good look at the role and function bees have in the environment as a whole. Its an enjoyable, and educational read
Eleonora
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Concise yet engaging. A book you will want to both read cover to cover and keep referencing for years to come. Though I still don’t feel completely “ready” for my bees, I sure as heck feel more prepared than before starting this book.
Luke Turpin
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Informative

I chose this rating because the book was informative and seemed thorough. Look forward to starting my hive next spring.
Joey
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-5-stars
Super cool.

10/10/19 My friend, Stella, raised her own bees and harvested honey.
Daniel
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading every chapter of the book. It was a fun read. I never know what to write in a review. What did I think about the book? I liked the glossary at the end of the book. I also liked the resources section at the back of the book. I also liked the recipes for things to make with wax, and honey and propolis. I really liked the queen rearing chapter.
I try to read all the books about bee keeping I can so that the information will slowly make its way into my brain.
After reading this b
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Tess
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read a" 'Topic' for Dummies" book before. Beekeeping for Dummies did not disappoint. It is an excellent introductory book on all things to do with keeping honey bees. The chapters are well laid out and easy to read, and all the little tips and pointers are surely great for the beginning beekeeper, both rural and urban. So informative, though I wouldn't say I'm an expert, I am now so knowledgable on honey bees!

If I have to be critical, perhaps the only limitation of this book is that
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JoAnne
Dec 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want to lean how to be a beekeeper, don’t use this book as your method. I’m a 15+ year beekeeper and there are a number of errors in the book and some of the information is not specific to local climates, which is hugely important in keeping bees. Join a local bee club and take a local class and get a mentor if you can who keeps bees in your area, and who is up to date on the latest beekeeping information.

Some of the information is good and it’s laid out in a simple and easy to understan
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Michael Lawrie
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a recommended read for the newbie beekeeper and it did not disappoint. The text was clear and the author engaging. He shared a ton of information and made the prospect of starting a hive much less fraught with fear.

It's a "for Dummies" book so it was occasionally corny but also had value added photos, online videos, lists of equipment suppliers and contact information for various Honeybee organizations, magazines and other materials.

If you are going to give beekeeping a go, you could
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Kurt Ronn
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good field guide for my apiary. I’ll continue to use this book as a reference book combined with YouTube videos from beekeepers, local beekeeper advice, more beekeeping clases and support from regional merchants. There’s no one way to keep bees, so listen to and reading a bit of everything is helpful. Beekeeping for dummies is highly regarded as a basic book from most beekeepers. It’s worth reading as learning can be confusing and overwhelming, so I plan to continue to keep this as a quick ref ...more
Nile
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of the "For Dummies" books that I've read and I was very impressed. I had a preconception that they would be super beginner only. It does a great job of keeping things simple and making sure you have the basics but then goes on to discuss intermediate/advanced techniques in a very easy to understand way. I highly recommend it! ...more
WillH5080
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is really good for newbie beekeepers, like me. There a lot of useful information for those who just thinking about staring up beekeeping. It have a lot of tips for both the beginners and the experts. Now i have small apiary and a few these (https://www.bestadvisers.co.uk/bee-house ) nice bee houses. :) ...more
Sid
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, bees
I read the 5th edition during the winter months getting ready for my first two hives in 2021. Great book with good explanations and lots of helpful hints. This is the 3rd bee book I've read and probably the most helpful for someone who has yet to get started in the hobby. Still reading more and went to bee school in January at my local bee shop. ...more
Elizabeth
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Informative in an easy way; covers a lot of topics and gives you confidence that yes, you can keep bees (until you get to the disease section....). Good books to start with but I wouldn't use it as your beekeeping bible. ...more
Jennifer Baxter
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My husband accidentally bought the Uk version, so a few things where different. It read all the same though and had the basic foundations any bee keeper should learn and know. Very informative and not what I was expecting for a book for dummies.
Ash
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I know pretty much nothing about bees and beekeeping. But I think this book does a really decent job at explaining how to start up and the basics of making sure you care for them correctly.

If only I had space to do this - I don't think my apartment neighbors would appreciate it.
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Peter Kalnin
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good introduction to the do's and don'ts of beekeeping for the novice.

I was disappointed to hear Blackiston's description of "field bees" and "house bees," but otherwise it is a decent book and helpful.
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Amelia Eckert
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a newbie to Bees this is a wonderful book, one I'm sure to come back to again and again as I look deeper into getting my own hives, the information is clear and well written.
highly recommend to new bee fans, and those looking for more help with there hives.
a GREAT read.
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Klyon
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Learned a alot. Would have benefitted from pictures.
Drew Elmore
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apiculture
Good broad-level information and handy dos and don'ts. Primarily geared towards standard hives such as Langstroth. Because I chose a Warré hive, however, there was less specific advice. ...more
Tim
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy to read and full of info for a beginner beekeeper or those who just want to gain bee knowledge.
Frank Kelly
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Neither my bees or I can live without this bible of bees.
Kelsey Breseman
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best for when it's the night before you're supposed to do something and you need to know how to do it, just the basics and some tips, asap ...more
Steve
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent book, but I’ve found that instructional texts are not best experienced via Kindle. Photographs do not have good resolution and one can’t easily jump from page to page.
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