Veteran beekeeper Richard E. Bonney, author of Hive Management, Beekeeping, and co-author of Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees, was the longtime owner of Charlemont Apiaries in Charlemont, Massachusetts.
Enjoy a thriving hive and plenty of delicious honey. This practical guide to beekeeping stresses practices that are based on an understanding of the intimate lives, behaviors, and motivations of honey bees. You’ll learn proven methods for inspecting your hives, troubleshooting problems, introducing a new queen, collecting honey, and dealing with swarms. Whether you’re starting your first hive or are tending to dozens of them, Richard Bonney’s clear advice and expert insights will help make your beekeeping operation a success.
The beekeeper’s year begins with a late winter hive inspection and ends with “putting the bees to bed” in the autumn. Richard Bonney believes that each beekeeping activity should be performed with an eye toward the overall well-being of the colony, as part of an integrated year-round program of hive management.
Long-term success in beekeeping can only be achieved by understanding the intimate lives, behaviors, and motivations of honey bees — the factors which govern the life of each colony. Richard Bonney explains the reasons behind common practices that many beekeepers perform without really knowing why. He also stresses when to take timely actions that will prevent problems in future seasons.
Hive Management offers concise, up-to-date information on the whole range of beekeeping tasks, including:
— How to prevent, control, and capture swarms.
— What you can tell from an outside inspection of your hives.
— When and how to “take the crop” and harvest honey.
— How to successfully requeen — from handling and marking queens to methods of introducing one into a hive.
— The problem signs to look for when you open up a hive.