Whether your goal is to rear a few queen bees or thousands, this manual provides the basic knowledge and instruction to get you started and can be applied to beekeeping operations ranging from several thousand colonies to one or two.
A successful queen bee producer is well organised, committed, and pays attention to hygiene, pest and disease status and environmental conditions at all apiaries: be they mating or queen breeding apiaries or those holding production and support colonies. With practice, you can refine your queen rearing methods to suit your operation and resources. This manual can always be your point of reference.
Rearing queen bees is a specialist job. It takes a significant level of experience and resources to produce good quality mated queens. In addition, rearing your own queen bees can be a lot of fun and can add an extra interest to your beekeeping.
Queens of superior quality result from a combination of:
· good drone rearing and stocking practices
· good queen rearing practices
· a program of continual stock selection.
Each of these three elements is addressed in-depth throughout this manual.
This publication was written by technical specialists of the NSW Department of Primary Industries and produced by Education Delivery, Tocal College.
It supports the following competencies from AHC10, The National Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management Training Package:
· AHCBEK402A Perform queen bee artificial insemination
· AHCBEK407A Rear queen bees
Beekeeping For Dummies is a practical, step-by-stepbeginner's guide to beekeeping. It gives you plain-English guidanceon everything you need to know to start your own beehive, frombuying the right equipment, sourcing bees, and locating your hiveto maintaining a healthy colony and harvesting honey. Plus, you'llget the latest information on the causes and effects of beedisease, colony collapse disorder, and the impact the suddendisappearance of the honeybee has on our environment andeconomy.
Here, you'll get trusted information on beekeeping in the UK,specifically written to address climate, buying equipment, locatinghives, the local impact of colony collapse disorder and ways toavoid or minimise the risk to your hive, seasonal beekeeping tasks,local beekeeping associations, and updated content on urbanbeekeeping.Understand the anatomy of your beesLearn techniques and tips for harvesting, bottling, packaging,and selling honeyDiscover the benefits of beekeepingLearn techniques on obtaining and hiving your beesIf you're a beginner beekeeper, taking a beekeeping course, or justhave an interest in the plight of the honeybee, Beekeeping ForDummies has you covered!
Beekeepers and growers of horticultural crops, broadacre crops and pastures all benefit from bees visiting flowers. this book informs the beekeeper about preparing and maintaining bees so that they are fit for the pollination task and informs the grower about creating an environment for best results. It describes the specific bee stocking rate required for more than sixty plant species and includes a section on making a business agreement between grower and beekeeper.
Table of contents:
· Safety for personnel
· Floral structure
· Agents of pollination
· Honey bee colonies
· Size of the operation
· Nutrition for bees
· Health problems
· Stock selection
· Hive strength
· Pollination standards
· Orchard design and management
· Managing hives on the crop
· Netting and glass houses
· Post-pollination hive management
· Contracts and agreements
· The bee broker
· Appendix 1: Sample pollination agreement
· Appendix 2: Individual crops
· Appendix 3: Standard operation procedure (SOP)
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.