Top-Bar Beekeeping: Organic Practices for Honeybee Health

By | January 18, 2018
Top-Bar Beekeeping: Organic Practices for Honeybee Health Author Les Crowder
ISBN-10 1603584617
ISBN-13 9781603584616
Year 2012-08-31
Pages 192
Language English
Publisher Chelsea Green Publishing
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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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