Beekeeping For Dummies

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Now updated — your guide to becoming a successful backyard beekeeper

Interested in raising honey bees? This friendly, practical guide presents a step-by-step approach to starting your own beehive, along with expert tips for maintaining a healthy colony. You get the latest on honey bee medication and treatments, harvesting and marketing your honey, and the impact the sudden disappearance of the honey bee has on our environment and economy.

  • To bee or not to bee? — understand the benefits of beekeeping and whether it's right for you

  • Build your first hive — gather the right equipment, obtain your bees, and transfer them safely to their new home

  • Get up-close and personal — see how to open and close the hive, inspect your bees at the right times, and know what to look for

  • Handle common problems — from swarming to robbing to pesticide poisoning, find simple solutions

  • Understand Colony Collapse Syndrome — learn what you can do to help save the honey bees

  • Gear up for the golden harvest — use the tools of the trade to extract honey, store it, and sell it

Praise for Beekeeping For Dummies

"The information a beginner needs to keep bees with confidence."
— Kim Flottum, Bee Culture Magazine

"A reader-friendly guide to beekeeping for novices or beginners."
— Dewey M. Caron, Professor of Entomology, University of Delaware

Open the book and find:

  • The various types of honey bees and the role each plays in a colony

  • Hands-on instruction in building a hive

  • How to keep bees healthier and more productive

  • Guidelines for all phases of honey production

  • New information on raising your own queens

  • Plenty of helpful, illustrative pictures to guide you

  • The safest ways to inspect and enjoy your bees

  • A Beekeeper's Calendar organized by climate zones

Customer Reviews:

  • Very practical book for beginners.
    I am a new beekeeper and this book is the best of several I purchased to help get me started. Easy to read, easy to understand, and it addresses most problems and questions I've come across with my first colony. ...more info
  • Read this first or at least second befor you start beekeeping
    one of the best on beekeeping has helped me out of a few jams with my bees!
    There are other books on beekeeping and recomend most but if you want to have easy answere to complex problems then this one is your book....more info
  • Beekeeping for Dummies
    The book is excellent with just the right about of details and pictures. I highly recommend it....more info
  • Just starting out
    Good book, though I have not yet got into beekeeping I feel like i will be able to start based on the information in this book. I also bought "The Backyard Beekeeper" which is a good book but not as complete as this one....more info
  • A must have for bee keepers
    This book is well laid out, easy to read, easy to understand, and good to keep as a reference guide.
    It does not cover the harvesting of pollen or royal jelly. I know you can find plans for pollen traps online. The only reason I bring this up is because, the author alludes to it in the beginning of the book as a way to make money and then never really says anything about how to harvest either pollen or royal jelly. That is about the only negative thing I can think of....more info
  • Excellent
    Of the many "how to" beekeeping books I have seen, this is absolutely the best. It is organized in a logical, easy to understand format. The information is current. I recommend this book highly for the novice or even the experienced beekeeper....more info
  • from a beginner beekeeper
    I've read 4 beekeeping books, I wish I would have read this one first. It's very readable and easy-to-understand, and contained information the other harder-to-understand technical books never mentioned....more info
  • Beekeeping for Dummies
    This book was by far the most informative book we've read on beekeeping. The layout was very easy to follow & the information was accurate. I wish I would have purchased this book first, it would have saved me from buying other beekeeping books. ...more info
  • Great book for beginners
    I am new to beekeeping and have found this book to be a great help. I checked out about 4 or 5 books from the library, including the first edition of Beekeeping for Dummies. This was the one that I decided to purchase.

    It is easy to navigate the book and find what you are looking for. The writing style is enjoyable. It is very practical in its approach. The illustrations and photographs are very helpful.

    I read other reviews about the first edition that suggested this book may be a little elementary for an experienced beekeeper. That may be true. If you are new to the hobby, however, you would do well to consider this book....more info
  • Beekeeping for dummies
    My husband had been wanting to start beekeeping as a hobby for a couple of years. This book was very helpful in getting him started. It contains everything you need to know about beekeeping. I would recommend this book to anybody who plans to start this as a hobby or a serious business, or if you just want to learn about bees....more info
  • Bible for beekeeping
    We've learnt almost everything we know from this book! Really offers complete coverage of all areas of beekeeping and the fun stuff too like recipes using honey, wax, etc....more info
  • A Great Place To Start
    This is an excellent resource for the aspiring beekeeper. No prior knowledge of the subject of beekeeping is necessary. This book is jam packed with great information, and does a great job of recommending other books if you are interested in learning about specific topics such as queen rearing, and observation hive building....more info
  • great beginners book
    This book was very easy to understand, straight forward, great pictures! It took a lot of guess work out of beginning bee keeping. It is a must for anyone interested in apiculture! Great reference for years to come....more info
  • Detailed, Easy to Understand, Hopeful
    If you're thinking of raising bees, this is the book to get. I had purchased three other "recommended" books, but this one leaves them in the dust. EVERYTHING is included: a little bit of bee biology, the parts of the hive, advantages and disadvantages of equipment materials and types, techniques for caring for the bees, and reassurances that your fears are experienced by all new beekeepers. I had already decided what equipment to get and have now revised my purchase order based on the information in the book. I suspect the quality of the book is a tribute to the author and not the publisher. The author's web site is full of useful information also....more info
  • Great learners guide.
    This book is probably the most important book for anyone new to the hobby. Lots of great information on the entire aspect of beekeeping. It isn't for the person who already knows the general idea of beekeeping though.

    It was the first book I read about beekeeping and have found that the only other beekeeping books I would need would be books on detailed information on either medicating or raising queens or something of that nature....more info
  • Beekeeping fo dummies
    This book has been very helpful, inasmuch as I am a new beekeeper.

    It is very thorough and easy to read....more info
  • It's the best!
    This is the best for those interested in backyard beekeeping. Written with humor and a great deal of information about bees and beekeeping. You can't go wrong here. It's a real gripper; couldn't put it down. If you weren't interested in beekeeping before, you will be after reading this book. Also, you will certainly get a better understanding of this most important pollinator. This book has everything you may need to know to give you a really good start with the most captivating hobby ever. Also included are great resources to help you get started. ...more info
  • this is a good for beginners and some older beekeepers
    there is no right way to keep bees you just get them and try
    to keep them.if you are a beginner. YOU must have this book if you need to
    find something fast no problem its in here.everybody keeps bees different
    even me iv'e been around beekeeping all my life heard alot of different
    ways.but if you follow mr Howland's book YOU will have NO problems keeping
    bees.even me i'll forget something and before i can remeber it i've found
    it in his book.thanks mr Blackiston p.s. he has a good web site too.stan
    ...more info
  • Good basics
    This book gives the basics and gives enough information for the reader to be able to start his own backyard colony of bees. It is hard to beat this book for the basics of bee keeping. ...more info
  • Informative & easy to understand!
    There is a lot of useful advice and information including tips that every "beginner" should know about beekeeping. Details including pictures; regarding bee diseases, equipment needed and proper procedures were all very helpful. I would recommend this book to anyone who is considering beekeeping as well as for those who are researching the apiary field....more info
  • A very easy to read and informative book
    This is a very good and easy to read book and I believe you will learn a lot and enjoy reading it!...more info
  • This book is very good for any beginner or anyone just interested in beekeeping.
    After you get started you'll soon realize that there is a lot of information not in this book, so I think you'll naturally go out to seek for more knowledge, I know I did! For getting people interested and well informed this is a fantastic resource! Couple this will a membership in a local bee club and a saving account for more books, videos, and magazine subscription and your well on your way in wonderful world of beekeeping!...more info
  • Beekeeping For Dummies
    This book was real informative for learning the basics of starting and maintaining a healthy colony of bees. Using what I have learned from this book I'm going to give bee keeping a try this spring....more info
  • Everything a beginner could ask for
    Here's a logically organized, easy to read, but comprehensively factual introduction to beekeeping--written with a unique but inoffensive sense of humor. I suppose I should write another review year after first year's crop, but I have the feeling after reading this book I have all the information I need to get started....more info
  • Buy It!
    This is the perfect book for the first time beekeeper. My 9 year old wanted a hive and I didn't know a thing. I really enjoy it now and the book is a great reference....more info
  • An Absolute Must Have Book for the Novice Beekeeper
    This is a well written and illustrated book for anyone interested in learning about the basics of beekeeping -- from identifying the required equipment to disease and pest control. What is even more amazing - I sent the author a question via e-mail and he answered me the next day! There is also a great video available through his associated website that takes you through the first year's activites, i.e., you can watch a new hive being set up and the honey extract process. You will get your money's worth by purchasing this book!...more info
  • An excellent book to begin your research
    From a beginners standpoint this is an excellent book. Some critize the book for not giving more alternatives for doing some tasks. It is true that the author gives his viewpoint but I can say that is true of every book I have read on bee keeping. The book covers everything one would need to know to keep bees in the first year or two. I would not use it as a single source of information but I would say that about any like book. I have read it from cover to cover a couple of times and use it to compare notes with other written resources. I think this is a must have on the beginner bee keepers book shelf....more info
  • Simple, Educational and Entertaining ....PERFECT!
    I have been contimplating starting bees as a hobby. I ordered the book and couldn't put it down. The author shares his facination with bees and gives straight forward help on all the questions you have. He even addresses things like fear of bees and how to "sell" your neighbors. I loved it! I ordered a hive, equipment, and bees yesterday and I can't wait until they arrive....more info
  • Good for Dummies
    Keep in mind this book has a "dummies" slant. It's a great beginner book and I own a copy. I recommend it. Lots of conversational plain english, funny cartoons, photographs, etc. But, buy another book as well to round out your knowledge. For example, Howland doesn't explain *why* you need an inner cover... just says it's part of the hive. He only provides *one* technique for queen introduction (albeit a good one), when there are several others. Then he perpetuates the myth that you should scrape a bee's stinger away rather than pinch it away (Discover magazine, et. al., now dispute this), and when discussing *moving* a hive, he leaves out the "3 mile rule" and the "1 foot per day" approach, etc. He suggests using motor oil moats to prevent ants (works great), but doesn't mention that vegetable oil and Tanglefoot work great also. Like I say, great book, buy it, but get some others too....more info
  • The Best for Beginners
    Being a complete dummie about Bees I was looking for the basics in a how-to book. I have not always been pleased with previous "For Dummies" books but this one is good. It is complete with advice for what you need to start, what is really necessary and what is optional, and how to decide. I am up and running with my bees and owe a lot to this book. When I went to the supplier I knew enough to make educated decisions on what to buy. I bought two other books and they were a waste of time....more info
  • A Golden Start
    A well-written practical book for the novice beekeeper and for those whishing to recheck their habits, good or bad. It is an easy book to read, the tips are practical, informed and work. I still have not yet found the courage to not use gloves! I would recommend this informative book to all who wish to enter the wonderful world of bee keeping....more info
  • A great survey of beginning "bee keeping"!!!
    Author Mr. Howland Blackiston does a GREAT job introducing the fascinating hobby of bee keeping. The book is broad and generalized and touches on just about everything, including some well-written in depth detail. Bravo! A "must have" for the begginer! It even has a COLOR inset! Mr. Blackiston promotes his website in his book on several occassions. That is okay though, it is a decent web site even thought the supplies are a bit over priced, sometimes more than a bit. I emailed Mr. Blackiston about this observation and, in his defense, he noted that you CAN get a few "hard-to-find" items there, so I'm sure they would be worth it. The book is a MUST have but shop around a bit before you buy dang near anything online from any site. I have just ordered my first hive kit and I am looking forward to putting Mr. Blackistons good advice to work!...more info