Top-bar Beekeeping: Organic Practices for Honeybee Health
In recent years beekeepers have had to face tremendous challenges, from pests such as varroa and tracheal mites and from the mysterious but even more devastating phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Yet in backyards and on rooftops all over the world, bees are being raised successfully, even without antibiotics, miticides, or other chemical inputs.More and more organically minded beekeepers are now using top-bar hives, in which the shape of the interior resembles a hollow log. Long lasting and completely biodegradable, a topbar hive made of untreated wood allows bees to build comb naturally rather than simply filling prefabricated foundation frames in a typical box hive with added supers.
Top-bar hives yield slightly less honey but produce more beeswax than a typical Langstroth box hive. Regular hive inspection and the removal of old combs helps to keep bees healthier and naturally disease-free.
Top-Bar Beekeeping provides complete information on hive management and other aspects of using these innovative hives. All home and hobbyist beekeepers who have the time and interest in keeping bees intensively should consider the natural, low-stress methods outlined in this book. It will also appeal to home orchardists, gardeners, and permaculture practitioners who look to bees for pollination as well as honey or beeswax.
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Review: Top-Bar Beekeeping: Organic Practices for Honeybee HealthUser Review - Margaret Schlachter - Goodreads
As someone getting into beekeeping this book was fantastic, approachable and full of useful practical knowledge. He is a top bar guru! Read full review
Review: Top-Bar Beekeeping: Organic Practices for Honeybee HealthUser Review - Alexandra - Goodreads
This book was an excellent guide for organic beekeeping practices and has provided me with a wealth of information about Top-Bar style beekeeping and beekeeping in general. While some of the ... Read full review
Varietal Honeys 97 4 Marketing Raw Honey 98 4 Beeswax 100
Pros and Cons 3 4 TopBar Hive Design
The Sting 22 4 Lightinga Smoker 25 4 Hive Placement 26 4 Obtaining
Removing Old Comb 60 4 Killing Bees 62 4 To Feed or Not to Feed
4 Swarming 71 4 Making Divides 73 4 The TwoQueen