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Bee Library

50 Years Amoung the Bees by C.C. Miller
A Thousand Answers to Bee Keeping Questions by CC Miller & compiled by M.G. Dadant
A Year Among the Bees by C.C. Miller
A Years Work in an Out Apiary by G.M. Doolittle
Bee Keeping for All by Abbe Warre
Better Queens by Jay Smith
Cloake Board Method of Queen Rearing by Sue Cobey
Dadant System of Bee Keeping by C.P. Dadant
Facts About Honey by C.P. Dadant
Honey Bees and their Maladies
Honey Farming by R.O.B. Manley
How to Grow Queens by Walter T Kelly
Langstrothe on the Hive and the Honey Bee by LL Langstroth
Raising Quality Queen Bees
New Observations upon Bees by Francis Huber
Practicle Queen Rearing by Frank C Pellett
Queen Rearing by C.Q. Matthews
Queen Rearing Simplified by Jay Smith
Rearing of Queen Bees by E.F. Phillips
Scientific Queen Rearing by G.M. Doolittle
The ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture by A.I. and E.R. Root
The Practical Beekeeper: Beekeeping Naturally – Michael Bush

The Beekeeper’s Handbook Fourth Edition – Diana Sammatharo & Alphonse Avitabile

Top-Bar Beekeeping: Organic Practices For Honeybee Health – Les Crowder & Heather Harrell

The Thinking Beekeeper: A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives – Christy Hemenway

Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture – Ross Conrad

The Barefoot Beekeeper – P.J. Chandler

Keeping Bees with a Smile: A vision and practice of natural apiculture – Fedor Lazuntin

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Beekeeping – Dean Stiglitz & Laurie Herboldsheimer

Natural Beekeeping with the Warre’ Hive – David Heaf

Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping – Dewey M. Caron / Lawrence John Connor

Save the Bees with Natural Backyard Hives – Rob & Chelsea McFarland www.honeylove.org

Towards Sustainable Beekeeping – David Heaf

Fifty Years Among the Bees, Dr. C.C. Miller, 1915

Practical Queen Rearing, Frank C. Pellet, 1918

Scientific Queen-Rearing as Practically Applied, G. M. Doolittle, 1889

Beekeeping at Buckfast Abbey, Brother Adam, 1975

In Search of the Best Strains of Bees, Brother Adam, 1966

Queen Rearing and Bee Breeding, Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. and Robert E. Page Jr., 1977

Queen Rearing Essentials, Lawrence John Connor, 2009

Honey in the Comb, Eugene E. Killion

Beekeeping For Beginners Equipment And Techniques To Build Apiary And Harvest Honey: (beekeeping for beginners, keeping bees, bee hives), Jason Perry 2016

Backyard Beekeeping (James E. Tew)  This book is an overview of the basic steps to acquiring and management of a bee colony for the beginner beekeeper.
A Web-Based Introductory Beekeeping Training Program  This online beekeeping program from the Ohio State Beekeepers’ Association consists of 34 videos and 3 powerpoints and is made to accompany the book “Backyard Beekeeping”.
Honey Bees and Beekeeping: A Year in the Life of an Apiary  A useful 7 part, 25 video beginning beekeeper series presented by Dr. Keith Delaplane of the University of Georgia.
Beekeeping Basics  This Penn State University publication provides a fairly comprehensive and detailed book for the backyard beekeeper.
The Basics of Beekeeping  This is a good introductory Beekeeping guide written by M.M. Peterson on behalf of the Dunblane and Stirling Districts Beekeepers’ Association in Scotland.  The topics discussed include bee biology, beekeeping equipment, handling bees, swarm control, diseases and pests and harvesting.
4 H Beekeeping Manual  A good beginner beekeeper manual written by Brian Rowe of the 4 H organization that covers everything from hive components, types of bees, first year and seasonal management, honey, wax and diseases and pests.
4 H Beekeeping Manuals  The 4-H  Beekeeping  Project  from Purdue University is  divided  into  three  divisions.  Division  I,  Understanding  the  Honey  Bee, covers information on the basic facts of beekeeping: the types of bees, the honey and wax they produce, the plants that attract bees, and the equipment a beekeeper needs. In the first year, youth are not required to have any bees, but prepare to take care of a honey bee colony of their own. In Division II, Working with Honey Bees, youth acquire a colony of bees and learn how to care for their beehive throughout the year. This will include basic beekeeping operations that result in the production of extracted, chunk, or cut comb honey. When the youth are experienced and knowledgeable in the basic care of a beehive, they should move on to Division III, Advanced Beekeeping Methods. The advanced topics include: increasing the number of your honey bee colonies, increasing honey production, producing special kinds of honey, learning more about the bee societies, and how to manage honey bee diseases and parasites.  This is a good resource for beginning beekeepers of all ages.
Handbook on Beekeeping: A good, complete guide to sustainable beekeeping from the European Union Bees project.
Beekeeping: The Essential Guide  A step by step guide that will cover an introduction to beekeeping.
At the Hive Entrance  This useful German handbook written by Prof. Storch in 1985 (pre varroa) explains the value of being able to calculate a hive health by observing the outside of the hive.
Beemaster’s beekeeping course  This is a good, fairly comprehensive beginners beekeeping course from the Beemaster site
Beekeeping in the United States  This beekeeping handbook from the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides readers with a better understanding of beekeeping in the United States from a l980 perspective (pre Varroa).
Beekeeping in California  This is a useful beginner beekeeper manual from the University of California and the Santa Clara County Beekeepers Guild written from a 1987 California perspective.
Basic Beekeeping Manual  This is a 2 volume publication written by Pam Gregory with assistance of Gay Marris of the U.K. National Bee Unit (FERA) that concentrates on top bar hive beekeeping, but many of the techniques and ideas can also be used by traditional and frame hive beekeepers.
The Advanced Beekeeping Manual covers more advanced management techniques and problem solving and offers some ideas about how to tackle them.
The National Beekeeping Training Extension Manual  This beekeeping training guide produced by the Ugandan Ministry of Agriculture is a manual that others in tropical and subtropical areas may find useful.
A Beekeeping Guide  – A good beginners guide written by Harlan Attfield of VITA for beekeeping in the tropics and subtropics.
Beekeeping in the Tropics   – A beginners beekeeping guide written by P. Segeren and published by Agrodok.
Beekeeping (22 page overview) written by Lance Gegner of ATTRA–  “This publication is intended as a guide for anyone interested in beginning or expanding a beekeeping enterprise.
Free Online Beekeeping Course  “Honey Bees and Colony Strength Evaluation” (Log in as a guest)  Recommended for beekeepers, inspectors and farmers hiring bee pollinators.
Ohio State University has created a free honey bee biology and beekeeping course based on Dr. Reed Johnson’s for-credit OSU Beekeeping Course.  The free course consists of video lectures, handouts and readings presented on iTunes which is a free download.  The course is extensive and consists of 138 segments covering every aspect of bees and beekeeping.  To access this course go to “Beekeeping and Honey Bee Biology” on iTunes.
The BeeMD is a diagnostic tool to help beekeepers identify honey bee health issues. The BeeMD will be used in multiple modalities including computers and handheld devices such as tablets and smart phones. The information on The BeeMD will be continually evolving and updated as science and technology add new information to the ability to diagnose and understand hive health.