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Beekeeping for Beginners | by G. H. Cale, Jr.



Keeping bees is a fascinating and desirable pursuit. Steeped in ageless time, it has survived since the early recordings of the Vedas in India, to be heralded as well in the Koran of Mohammed and the Holy Bible of Christianity. Equally it attracted the attention of Greek mythology, of Pliny and Aristotle and on down to the more modern investigations of Huber and Fabre...

TitleBeekeeping for Beginners
AuthorG. H. Cale, Jr.
PublisherG. H. Cale, Jr.
Year1956
Copyright1956, G. H. Cale, Jr.
AmazonBeekeeping for Beginners
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-Chapter I. Beekeeping Is Pleasurable And Profitable
Keeping Bees Is A Fascinating And Desirable Pursuit Steeped in ageless time, it has survived since the early recordings of the Vedas in India, to be heralded as well in the Koran of Mohammed and the ...
-Beekeeping Is Pleasurable And Profitable. Continued
Beekeeping Is Universal Wherever flowers bloom, bees may be kept, the success of their efforts, of course, depending upon the rigors and length of the season and on the amount of bloom available. Whi...
-Chapter II. When, Where And How To Start With Bees
THE keeping of bees has been and is being practiced by men and women in all walks of life, whether located in city, suburb, on small farm or large acreage. The beginning may be made in a small way at ...
-Chapter III. Beekeeping Equipment
INTEGRAL parts necessary for successful beekeeping are the bees themselves with their queen, and a beehive in which they may locate and raise their brood. The beehive should be large enough to accommo...
-Beekeeping Equipment. Continued
The bees in the top of the hive will not have been warned of your approach and will not have their honey stomach filled with honey. After removing the outer cover, puff a little smoke into the hole in...
-Chapter IV. The Honey Bee Colony
THE honey bee colony is made up of three individual types of bee-the worker, the queen, and the drone. These three carry on the functions of the colony, but before we look into the colony itself, let ...
-The Honey Bee Colony. Continued
The Queen Bee The queen bee is truly the mother of the colony. The entire colony life is dependent upon her efforts, for without the eggs she lays the colony would soon die. She is the only perfect f...
-Chapter V. Package Bees - From Arrival To Honeyflow
A PACKAGE of bees as its name implies, is a number of bees shaken into a screened cage, in which a queen is included. Though the queen may be shipped loose with the bees, she is usually suspended in a...
-Package Bees - From Arrival To Honeyflow. Part 2
Every Step In The best time to install a package is in the late afternoon or early evening. Take your packages of bees to where you have placed the hives and remove the wooden strips which fasten ...
-Package Bees - From Arrival To Honeyflow. Part 3
In making the two-week examination remove the feeder, and, smoking gently, roll back the cloth to where the queen cage is suspended. Then spread the frames at this point and remove the queen cage, exa...
-Package Bees - From Arrival To Honeyflow. Part 4
Swarming reduces the worker population, and therefore, reduces the amount of honey crop, and if at all possible should always be prevented. There are many ways to prevent swarming of bees. Giving the...
-Chapter VI. The Honeyflow And Removal Of The Crop
WARM days, cool nights, plenty of moisture, an abundance of blooming flowers, a colony of bees humming with life, activity, and strength-there is your honeyflow! It is time to get those surplus supers...
-The Honeyflow And Removal Of The Crop. Part 2
Chunk Honey When packing chunk honey, the bulk comb honey is cut into rectangles which fit into the mouth of a glass jar. The remaining space in the jar is then filled with liquid honey which has bee...
-The Honeyflow And Removal Of The Crop. Part 3
Removing The Honey Crop-Comb Honey Comb honey is removed by means of an escape board. The escape board is your inner cover with a bee escape placed in the hole in the center. The bee escape allows th...
-Chapter VII. Fall Management And Wintering Of Bees
THE end of the midseason flow is usually followed by a period when there is little or no nectar coming into the colony. This period of relative inactivity is followed in many localities by the fall fl...
-Fall Management And Wintering Of Bees. Continued
With a good queen, plenty of young bees, and careful attention to the amount of available stores the beginner should have little or no trouble in bringing his colonies through the winter. As plant li...
-Chapter VIII. Spring Management Of The Overwintered Colony. Early Spring Management
If your bees were packed for the winter, the first thing to do in the early spring (late March or early April*) is to remove the packing and dispose of it. Next, whether the bees were packed or not, y...
-Spring Management Of The Overwintered Colony. Early Spring Management. Continued
A very good practice which will maintain a supply of extra queens is to take a frame of brood and bees from each of your strongest colonies at the beginning of fruit bloom, replacing with a frame of f...
-Spring Management Of The Overwintered Colony. Early Spring Management. Part 2
Late Spring Management From the end of the fruit bloom period until the beginning of the major honeyflow there is usually a period of dearth, often between the blossoming of dandelion and clover, whe...
-Spring Management Of The Overwintered Colony. Early Spring Management. Part 3
Division As a last resort, the colony attempting to swarm may be divided into two parts and the queenless part given a new queen. When making the division, it is advisable to give a majority of the s...
-Spring Management Of The Overwintered Colony. Early Spring Management. Part 4
The production of extracted honey means some added expense for equipment that would not be justified with two colonies but which is more than justified by the amount of honey produced from ten or more...
-Chapter IX. Source Of Bee Pasture
THE extent to which profitable beekeeping operations can be followed in any locality will depend upon the plants within flying range, their time of blooming, quality of honey which they yield and the ...
-Source Of Bee Pasture. Continued
Alfalfa Alfalfa is also the source of large quantities of white honey from the mountain regions of the West. In the lower altitudes of the Southwest, the honey from alfalfa is darker in color and mor...
-Chapter X. The Honey Bee And Pollination
ALTHOUGH the honey bee has been famous for centuries for her labor in the production of honey and beeswax, she is of far greater service to mankind in the distribution of pollen. A pollen covered ...
-Chapter XI. Transferring Bees - Moving Bees
THE term transferring means the changing of bees from one hive to another. It may be only changing the frames and bees from an old worn-out hive to a new one placed in the same location. Usually, howe...
-Transferring Bees - Moving Bees. Continued
Other Methods If it is found inexpedient to cut out all combs, the beekeeper may drum out the bees as above, then remove the combs of the box hive entirely and dispose of them. This is a loss of go...
-Chapter XII. Rearing Queens - Queen Introduction
IN successful beekeeping and for maximum honey production it is desirable, naturally, to have the colony at maximum strength at the time of the opening of the major honey-flow. Inasmuch as every emerg...
-Rearing Queens - Queen Introduction. Continued
Miller Method Dr. C. C. Miller described a method of securing a number of good cells that may be used for requeening operations for home use with a minimum amount of effort, in many ways being as goo...
-Chapter XIII. Honey And Beeswax
HONEY and beeswax are the two principal products of the honey bee colony. The pollen gathered by the bees from the flowers is mixed with honey or sugar sirup within the hive to feed the bees. Some exp...
-Honey And Beeswax. Continued
Similarly when honey is kept over a long period, every effort should be made to keep it in a cool and as dry a place as possible. Temperatures of 80 or 90 degrees or more over a long period will cause...
-Chapter XIV. Diseases And Enemies Of Bees
ONE of the problems most frequently met by the uninformed person who attempts to keep bees, comes when the combs of those bees are attacked by the wax moth. Why are my colonies full of worms? I am lo...
-Diseases And Enemies Of Bees. Continued
American Foulbrood Of the diseases attacking the brood of bees, American foulbrood (bacillus larvae) is the most prevalent and serious. The disease is transmitted through bacteria carried in with the...









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