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Bees For Pleasure And Profit | by Samson G. Gordon



Interesting Facts About Honeybees with Valuable Suggestions for the Man, Woman or Youth Who Wants to Make a Start in This Pleasant and Profitable Pursuit, Together with Recommendations of What Is Necessary to Make a Right Start with Bees. Doctor, Lawyer, Preacher, Farmer - all succeed with bees. Receive additional income and pleasure from this fascinating hobby.

TitleBees For Pleasure And Profit
AuthorSamson G. Gordon
PublisherA. I. Root Company
Year1928
Copyright1928, A. I. Root Company
AmazonBees for pleasure and profit; a guide to the manipulation of bees, the production of honey, and the general management of the apiary.

This little work on bees and beekeeping seeks to answer many questions-just the questions-we trust, that you might want to ask and have answered.

By way of introduction, it may be said that beekeeping, whether practiced as a pastime or as an occupation, whether practiced by the city man or farmer, offers more pleasant hours in God's out-of-doors, more opportunities for the absorbing study of nature, and better returns for the time actually invested than any other of the so-called "side lines" in which almost every city man, townsman, or farmer is likely to engage. Compared with poultry culture, gardening, or the cultivation of flowers, the time required to keep bees scientifically and profitably is considerably less, and the initial investment in land, stock, and implements of cultivation is not so large.

While commercial beekeeping on an extensive scale is a business in which large capital can be profitably employed, yet small or amateur beekeepers on city and town lots can make a profit and at the same time get health and recreation.

But let it be said here, first and foremost, that there can be no real success in beekeeping without at least a thorough knowledge, of the few essential principles of the bee business. A right start, with right equipment, and with right instruction, is absolutely necessary, and with these will come certain and generally quick success. Without them will come disappointment and probable failure.

It All Began With One Swarm of Bees

A. I. ROOT, who became the widest known beeman and the largest manufacturer of bee supplies in the world, began his great life work with the catching of a single swarm of stray bees. No one could have a smaller beginning. From the start, A. I. Root found profit as well as a world of pleasure in beekeeping. He took care of his bees and they soon took care of him. Out of his great desire for others to know of his success and how success with bees could be accomplished, he wrote his book, "ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture." Then came his monthly magazine, "Gleanings in Bee Culture," which remains today the leading bee magazine of the world. The demand of beekeepers for better and better beekeeping equipment of Mr. Root's designing led him, in a very small way at first, to begin the manufacture of bee supplies, which was the foundation at Medina, Ohio, of the largest and oldest manufactory of beekeepers' supplies in the world today.

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-The Honeybee Family
In a beehive there are found three kinds of individuals-the workers, the drones, and the queen. The worker bees are females who perform all of the essential duties of the colony such as gathering food...
-The Honey Bees' House
The house or home of honeybees is the beehive. In their native state bees make their home in hollow trees, in rock cavities, in the walls of old buildings, or some similar place. Primitive efforts to ...
-How Bees Make Honey
Bees will gather nectar or pollen from most of the flowers, or blossoms, whether of weed or cultivated plant. The task of providing stores for the entire colony, and most of the other duties in and ou...
-Beekeeping Adapted For Men And Women Alike
Fortunately this pursuit which yields so generous a compensation, both in the opportunities it gives to enjoy light and interesting work in the open air, and in the returns which come from those labor...
-Where To Make A Start In Beekeeping
Features which particularly appeal to most persons who are considering a start in beekeeping are the fact that the initial investment required is small and that it is possible to obtain everything tha...
-Where And How To Get Bees
No question is asked oftener by persons wishing to begin beekeeping than this: Where can I get bees? Now there are several good ways of getting the first bees-and the beginner should restrict him...
-Preparing Bees for Winter
Many beekeepers do not pack hives for winter, but there are some who do continue this practice. Those who do not pack do, however, leave plenty of honey in the hive for winter food, and provide a wind...
-The Bigelow Educational Beehive
The Educational Bee-Hive For Observation, Instruction, And Experiment. Designed By Edward F. Bigelow, Ph. D. Nature and Science Editor of the St. Nicholas Magazine; lecturer on Nature Pedagogy;...
-The Bigelow Educational Beehive. Part 2
One manufacturer tells of millions and millions of dollars' worth of honey taken from bees annually; boasts of a plant with a working capital of $300,000, and pictures the honey product in the Unite...
-The Bigelow Educational Beehive. Part 3
Observation Super.-A regular Danzenbaker super with thirty-two four-by-five sections is the third story of the hive. This is supplied with observation sides, which give clear exposure from the top to ...
-Bee-Keeping For Women
Woman, as introduced to us at the dawn of history, was held in very low esteem. In the Greek family she was practically on a par with the domestic slaves whom it was her duty to oversee; in the later ...
-How One Woman Began in Beekeeping
About one year ago my attention was unexpectedly turned towards bees by a friend of mine who asked me to talk to some children on natural-history subjects. I begged off, and pleaded ignorance. She ...
-A Minister's Wife's Experience in Bee-Keeping
Years ago, when I was a child in my father's home, I came to know what it was to keep bees and enjoy the luxury of honey. How well I remember the row of boxes on a bench in the back yard, under the ap...
-A Minister's Wife's Experience in Bee-Keeping. Continued
I have often hived them bareheaded and gloveless, using only the smoker, and did not get a sting. My husband had been traveling for a few years before we were married, and had about decided he woul...
-Honey-Bees As Wage-Earners
If the rent of the farm selected for the self-supporting home is fifteen or twenty dollars a month less than the apartment or house occupied in the city, remember that, after deducting the Goodman's...
-Life Terminates In Three Months
The first young queen to issue from her cell after the old queen's abdication becomes the reigning sovereign, maintaining her right by might, tearing down all queen cells and killing any young princes...
-Women And Bees
By Anna Botsford Comstock Two questions invariably pop up at us when this matter of feminine bee-keeping is discussed: One is, Why shouldn't a woman keep bees and the other is. Why should ...
-Women And Bees. Continued
Bee-keeping is one of the best of these life-saving, nerve-healing avocations; it takes the mind from household cares as completely as would a trip to Europe, for one cannot work with bees and think o...
-Successful Bee-Keeping By A City Schoolgirl
Miss S. Caroline Perkins, the subject of this sketch, is a young woman whose home is on the outskirts of Waltham, Mass., and the last person one would think of as engaging in an industry; but she is a...
-A Beekeeper Beginner's Story of His Success and Pleasure
Interest in bees as a hobby for pleasure and profit has covered a number of years, but the urge to give it a try did not materialize until after reading Ed and Carolyn Robinson's Have-More Plan arti...
-A Lot Of Honey. Feedback From Beekeepers
My eight colonies of bees made 200 pounds of surplus honey per colony last season and went into winter strong. Beekeepers all over the counties, where I have worked this season, have lost from 50 to ...









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