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First Aid to Amateur Beekeepers | by Henry Perkins



The subject matter of this little book is especially intended to meet the needs of the amateur or would-be amateur who is casting about for the best means at hand to try his or her luck at beekeeping. It is especially dedicated to the amateur beekeepers of the Pacific slope and therefore contemplates conditions to be met with in this region. It is quite impossible in a work of only forty-eight small pages to more than briefly touch upon the more salient points. Bee culture is a subject upon which many volumes have been written and one which has absorbed the attention and study of some of the world's greatest scholars and profoundest thinkers. So I will ramble along from point to point going just deeply enough here and there to give my readers some idea of the breadth and scope of the industry also to enable them to, in a measure, appraise the adaptability of their circumstances and location to the venture. Beekeeping on a small scale is neither an expensive hobby nor a danger to the community if conducted with proper knowledge and precaution. Many owners of small apiaries find it a fascinating and profitable pastime.

TitleFirst Aid to Amateur Beekeepers
AuthorHenry Perkins
PublisherThe Diamond Match Co.
Year1936
Copyright1936, Henry Perkins
AmazonFirst Aid to Amateur Beekeepers
First Aid to Amateur Beekeepers 1
-How to Begin Beekeeping?
The proper answer to the above question is concerned largely with the matter of selecting the best possible means at hand of learning the fundamentals of the industry. The best available means may dif...
-Beekeeping Appliances and Supplies
BEE HIVES: A bee hive is the home man has invented for the bees. Its design and arrangement is therefore intended to facilitate his control of the energy and industry of the bees for his own selfish e...
-Beekeeping Appliances and Supplies. Continued
FEEDERS: Bees will take syrup out of al most any kind of vessel but they are apt to become daubed or drowned outright if given full access to the syrup. For heavy feeding use a five or ten pound honey...
-Bees and Equipment, Etc., The Colony and Its Activities
Bees and Equipment, Etc. Two or three colonies make a nice start. If you lose one you will have some left from which to try your hand at increasing. The spring of the year is the best time to buy bee...
-Handling Bees
Handling bees is neither a difficult or a dangerous job. A few precautions are necessary. First of all have your veil well fastened and a good smoke going. Before opening a hive blow a few puffs into ...
-The Queen Bee, The Worker and The Drone
The study of beekeeping naturally begins with the life history and habits of the queen bee. If a chain is no stronger than its weakest link then a colony of bees is no better than its queen. So I will...
-Swarming
Swarming is the natural way in which colonies subdivide and form new ones. The impulse to swarm in the spring of the year is conditioned largely upon the prospect of liberal food supply. In this respe...
-Artificial Increase
Many methods of artificial increase have been devised. I will briefly describe the two most commonly used, the divide and the nucleus. Before proceeding further however it is necessary to consider by ...
-Transferring, Capturing Wild Bees
Transferring bees from one moveable frame hive to another is a very simple operation. To transfer a colony from a box to a movable frame hive is a much more difficult job. So often people put a stray ...
-Queenlessness - How to Detect It, Laying Workers-Drone Layers, How to Find a Queen
Queenlessness - How to Detect It Usually the absence of eggs is evidence of queenlessness. There are however several exceptions to this rule. During the winter brood rearing often ceases altogether f...
-Introducing Queens
A queen cannot ordinarily be transferred from one hive to another and given her freedom at once. She must be inclosed in a cage to protect here from the workers till the latter become reconciled to he...
-Spring Management
Spring management rightly begins in the fall when bees are preparing for winter. The beekeeper should see that each hive contains at last thirty pounds of honey for winter stores. No very weak or dise...
-Harvesting the Crop
The natural purpose of keeping bees is to secure a crop of honey. All the details of the work have that objective either immediately or remotely in view. In most localities the surplus flow or flows a...
-Marketing the Crop
The matter of marketing is an item which must not be overlooked. Few people can afford to indulge in beekeeping for pastime only. Cash return is usually the ultimate object of even the novice. The gr...
-Bee Diseases
This subject is a very difficult one to handle to the reader's advantage without the aid of illustrations. Furthermore the abundance of authoritative literature to be had on the subject with or withou...
-Bee Diseases. Continued
SYMPTOMS: In some respects the symptoms of European foulbrood often resemble those of American foulbrood but the two diseases are distinct. European attacks both the worker and drone larvae, principal...
-Poisoning, Feeding, Robbing
Poisoning Poisons which are very destructive to bees in the southwest readily classify under two heads, poisonous nectar plants and poisonous sprays and dusts. There are only two poisonous nectar pl...
-Moving Bees, Rendering Beeswax, Queen Bees by Mail, Package Bees
Moving Bees Moving bees is by no means as difficult as might first appear. First they must be securely inclosed and secondly they must have adequate ventilation while in transit. An entrance block or...
-Bee Locations, Honey Plants
I have chosen the above subjects for joint discussion because they naturally go together, In fact they cannot well be dealt with separately. Honey plants are the first essential of a satisfactory bee ...
-The Bee As a Pollenizer, Beekeeping vs. Fruit Growing, Natural Enemies of Bees
The Bee As a Pollenizer, Beekeeping vs. Fruit Growing The honey bee is one of nature's greatest pollenizing agents. Without the bees and kindred nectar gathering insects many varieties of plants woul...
-Honey As a Food
The marvelous organization of the bee colony with its vast number of workers and inimitable mechanical structure and chemical processes, is one of the wonders of the natural world. Its interior is an ...
-Miscellaneous Bee Issues
BLACK COMBS: The whitest comb will become almost black when used by the bees for brood raising for a season or two. So black combs are all right. Given the choice between new white combs and old black...









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