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How To Keep Bees And Sell Honey | by Walter T. Kelley



Feeling that there was an urgent need for an improved beginners' book with clear sharp pictures, showing just how each step is accomplished, I started collecting pictures and writing copy several years before publication of this book. I present this book to you in the hopes that it will enable you to start out on a firm foundation of beekeeping without having to call on anyone for additional information.

TitleHow To Keep Bees And Sell Honey
AuthorWalter T. Kelley
PublisherThe Walter T. Kelley Co.
Year1958
Copyright1958, The Walter T. Kelley Co.
AmazonHow To Keep Bees And Sell Honey

By Walter T. Kelley, Former Editor of Modern Beekeeping Clarkson, Kentucky, U. S. A.

Second Edition

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-Preface
Father was a box-hive beekeeper and did not have enough interest in beekeeping to develop beyond this stage, although he did use section honey boxes with foundation. Needless, to say, his production w...
-Chapter 1. A Preview Of Beekeeping
Who Can Successfully Keep Bees? Practically anyone from 12 to 80 years can and are keeping bees successfully. Beekeeping is a profitable and intriguing hobby to many doctors, lawyers, business men, t...
-A Preview Of Beekeeping. Part 2
Who Cannot Keep Bees There are a few individuals who are allergic to bee stings and if stung they soon become unconscious. Such individuals should keep away from bees and should always carry with the...
-A Preview Of Beekeeping. Part 3
Honey And Your Health Down through the ages honey has been known as one of the health giving foods. Honey is widely used in baked foods for its flavor and moisture retaining properties, also in many ...
-A Preview Of Beekeeping. Part 4
How To Start With Bees The easiest way to start with bees is to buy one or two hives from a nearby beekeeper and have them moved to a desired location and to have him show you how to manipulate them....
-A Preview Of Beekeeping. Part 5
Bee Space Bee hives and supers must be accurately made to provide the correct bee space inside the hive so that the bees can pass freely. A bee space may vary from 3/16 to 3/8 of an inch. If it is sm...
-Chapter 2. Bees And Their Development
The 3 Kinds Of Bees In A Hive Drone Queen Worker Worker Bees Nearly all of the bees in a normal hive are worker bees. They are the bees at the entrance who fan their wings to ventilate t...
-Chapter 3. The Construction And Assembly Of Bee Hives
Bee hives are made sectional, like a sectional book case, so that any number of kinds of supers can be added or removed as the season progresses. These parts should not be stapled or cleated together ...
-Chapter 4. Bee Comb Foundation And Its Use
Comb Foundation Comb foundation is a sheet of wax on which is embossed the base of the honey comb with slight cell walls on which the bees will build their comb. Comb foundation is embossed with work...
-Bee Comb Foundation And Its Use. Continued
Cut Comb Foundation Cut comb foundation is made from the same choice wax as the thin super but it is manufactured slightly heavier than thin super and is preferred by both beginners and commercial be...
-Chapter 5. Package Bees And Their Care
Preparing For Package Bees A few days before you expect your bees to arrive decide where to place them. Do not put them too close to the front or back door, nor near the wash line or other places fre...
-Package Bees And Their Care. Part 2
When you take your bees home you should first feed them the syrup that you prepared earlier. If you have only one or two swarms you can take a clean rag and wipe the syrup on the screen or paint it on...
-Package Bees And Their Care. Part 3
Putting The Bees In The Hive Remove the cork or paper or metal covering from the candy end of the queen cage and hang it, candy end down, between the second and third frame, as pictured, supporting i...
-Package Bees And Their Care. Part 4
Don't miss the pleasure of seeing these developments at this stage; look in the hive every day and show all of this to your wife and children to get them interested as you will need their help later o...
-Chapter 6. The Bee Smoker
Smoker Fuel Never use silk, wool or hair for smoker fuel as it burns with an odor and will make your bees very cross. Cotton or burlap bagging, greasy cotton waste or oily rags, punk, dry partly rott...
-Chapter 7. Supering The Hive
Size Of Brood Chamber The queen excluder confines the queen to the brood nest and prevents her from laying in the frames of comb honey. The brood nest may consist of one or two hive bodies or even mo...
-Supering The Hive. Continued
New Comb Honey Frame Here is a new development in the production of comb honey. Shallow frames can now be secured in the divided form, as pictured, so that the frames can be sawed apart when filled w...
-Chapter 8. Comb Honey Production
How To Produce Comb Honey It is desirable to get the best quality of nectar made into comb honey and this flow generally comes in the spring or early summer from legumes and other sources but course,...
-Comb Honey Production. Part 2
Why Commercial Beekeepers Do Not Produce More Comb Honey Commercial beekeepers like to have their equipment uniform because this aids in their manipulations and calls for less equipment and less sort...
-Comb Honey Production. Part 3
How To Protect Comb Honey From Moth Damage Carbon di-sulphide (commonly called HIGH LIFE) is about the only fumigant to use on comb honey but this requires a tight room and it is inflammable and v...
-Chapter 9. Removing The Honey And Processing It And The Wax For Market
When To Remove Honey From The Hive How often do you rob your bees? is one of the most common questions asked the beekeeper. The proper answer is, NEVER ROB THE BEES OR THEY WILL STARVE. It is very...
-Removing The Honey And Processing It And The Wax For Market. Part 2
Extracting Honey When honey is removed from the combs by centrifugal force the combs are only slightly damaged by the uncapping and when given back to the bees they will be quickly repaired and fille...
-Removing The Honey And Processing It And The Wax For Market. Part 3
How Honey Extractors Work Honey extractors primarily consist of a reel supported inside a tank with proper gearing and either hand crank or power connections to make the reel revolve at a speed suffi...
-Removing The Honey And Processing It And The Wax For Market. Part 4
Packaging Comb Honey Section comb honey is mostly packaged in window cartons because this gives maximum protection and advertising value plus a good look at the honey. It also has the advantage of co...
-Removing The Honey And Processing It And The Wax For Market. Part 5
Liquefying Honey Honey is normally packaged for bulk storage in 5 gallon square tin cans or in 50 gallon steel drums and during cold weather most of this honey granulates. Formerly these cans and dru...
-Removing The Honey And Processing It And The Wax For Market. Part 6
Solar Wax Extractors A solar wax extractor is one of the finest items ever devised for the beekeeper's use but as these are not listed in supply catalogues they must be home or locally made. The size...
-Removing The Honey And Processing It And The Wax For Market. Part 7
Warning NEVER ATTEMPT TO RENDER COMBS INSIDE A BUILDING WITH ANYTHING EXCEPT STEAM HEAT. Many beekeepers have burned down their homes and honey houses by rendering combs indoors using various types ...
-Chapter 10. Selling Your Honey
How To Market The Honey Crop The beginner has a difficult time convincing the public that he is an expert in any line. Therefore, it is advisable for the beekeeper to start with one or two hives and ...
-Selling Your Honey. Part 2
How To Figure Retail Prices Price for 1 Case of 24-One pound Jars Honey 24 Pounds White Honey @10 1/2c a pound ___________________________________$2. 52 1 Case 24 1 lb. Economy Glass Jars and Caps ...
-Selling Your Honey. Part 3
How To Start An Observation Hive With both glass sides of the observation hive removed, take a frame of sealed brood from one of your strongest hives. It will be advisable to have some honey and poll...
-Chapter 11. Transferring Bees
How To Transfer Bees From Gums Or Box Hives Many articles have been written and advice given on transferring bees from log gums, box hives, etc. and while this was practical in the horse and buggy da...
-Transferring Bees. Continued
How To Transfer Bees From Buildings Bees frequently make their home between the walls of old buildings and the beekeepers are called on to remove these bees. The usual proposition offered is half of ...
-Chapter 12. Swarming
Should You Let The Bees Swarm? Inexperienced beekeepers want their bees to swarm because it is the only method of increase that they know of but this is a poor method. The worst swarmers produce the ...
-Chapter 13. Requeening
Requeen Each Colony Every Year The queen is normally the mother of all the other bees in the colony. She lays 1, 000 to 2, 000 eggs a day which may equal twice her weight so you can see that she is w...
-Requeening. Part 2
How To Divide The Hive With A Double Screen To Make Two Queen Colonies The colonies about to be divided should have two or more hive bodies in the brood nest and should be strong in bees and brood ha...
-Requeening. Part 3
Uniting Two Colonies When a colony becomes hopelessly queenless (no brood) or has laying workers or is very weak and has no apparent chance of building up in time for the honey flow or wintering it i...
-Chapter 14. Keeping Bees In Out-Yards
Location Of Out-Yards Several out-yards should be located on one road if possible so as to cut down travel. Pick a large farm that is well fenced and preferably one that is posted against hunting so ...
-Keeping Bees In Out-Yards. Continued
State And Federal Bee Officials Practically every state has one or more bee inspectors and a few states have extension apiarists. Many state agricultural colleges teach beekeeping and almost all stat...
-Chapter 15. Diseases And Enemies Of Bees
Diseases Of Bees Bees have infectious diseases the same as animals and chickens. American and European Foul Brood are the two important diseases for the beekeeper to be concerned about as they are sc...
-Diseases And Enemies Of Bees. Continued
Nosema Nosema is a disease that affects the adult bees and is not easy to recognize until it is in the advanced stages. The abdomens of the bees become distended, frequently the bees' wings will beco...
-Chapter 16. Preparing Bees For Winter And Spending Winters In Florida
Preparing The Hives For Winter In the Northern States bees were formerly put in cellars or packed with several inches of leaves or straw. Little packing is done now as far north as southern Wisconsin...









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