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Top-bar Beekeeping

Organic Practices For Honeybee Health

By Les Crowder

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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2012

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9781603584616


Format: Book
Author: Crowder, Les
Title: Top-bar beekeeping : organic practices for honeybee health / Les Crowder and Heather Harrell.
Publisher Date: White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub., 2012.
Subject: Bee culture Beehives Honeybee
Isbn: 9781603584616 (pbk.) 1603584617 (pbk.)
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System Items Total: 2
Call Number: 638.1 Cro
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Format: Book
Author: Crowder, Les.
Title: Top-bar beekeeping : organic practices for honeybee health / Les Crowder and Heather Harrell.
Publisher, Date: White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub., 2012.
Description: xiv, 175 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.
Subjects: Bee culture
Subjects: Beehives
Subjects: Honeybee
Other Author: Harrell, Heather.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: Topbar hives -- The supercreature -- Beekeeping basics -- Hive management -- The seasons -- Honey, beeswax, and other products -- Evaluating your queen -- Problem-solving -- Raising queens -- Planting for bees.
LCCN: 2012020426
ISBN: 9781603584616 (pbk.)
ISBN: 1603584617 (pbk.)
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Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: 638.1 Cro