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Top-Bar Beekeeping: Organic Practices for Honeybee Health (Anglais) Broché – 4 septembre 2012

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"An excellent text with information not published elsewhere. A very useful new work on a natural style of honey bee colony management." --Bees for Development Journal

"Outstanding." --Heidi Herrmann, Natural Beekeeping Trust

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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 help 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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Excellent information on what you need to know about top-bar beekeeping.
Like the author, I'm convinced it's a healthier solution for both the beekeeper and the bees.
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HASH(0x9777ecc0) étoiles sur 5 The Top Bar reference I've been waiting for arrived!!! 9 septembre 2012
Par Amy B. Popkin - Publié sur
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By chance I ran into Les and Heather several years ago while on vacation exploring the Santa Fe NM Farmers Market. Les engaged me in a conversation once I explained I was about to become a beekeeper. With conviction he handed me several photo copies on theTop Bar method. After spending hours and hours online I was convinced that this was a path I should explore hands on. Now I have five TB hives and love the simplicity and natural methods Les spoke of.

When I heard Les and Heather were writing a book, I never pre-ordered one so quickly on Amazon. As a TB beek, there are few experts that have the knowledge like this duo. And I'm thrilled to say that this book delivered.

I've used Les's hive design and build them for about $20 each in my shop each winter. The plans are in the book and are easy to make. I am most excited to finally have an explanation on how to manipulate the topbars throughout the seasons. Up to now, despite a small collection of books on TB beekeeping, I was winging it. But now I have a detailed and strong set of images to explain hive maintenance.

The book covers a large selection of topic and makes a compelling argument on how TB methods are less stressful on the bees and more in tune with a natural feral hive. .

Heather is an excellent writer that is the perfect compliment to Les's experience. There are a lot of photos too to help you.

If you are contemplating top bar beekeeping, this is the best book out there. You too can be part of beekeeping that is both affordable and natural. Thanks to Les's encouragement I have a batch of honey waiting to be bottled in my Pennsylvania kitchen. The joy I've had building my hives from scratch, learning not to be afraid of placing myself in the midst of 30,000 stingers, and now eating the fruits of the hive are --- oh so enjoyable.
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HASH(0x9789dca8) étoiles sur 5 Bees for Your Backyard and Homestead the Top Bar Way Supports Deep Nature Connection! 4 octobre 2012
Par Palikaji - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I've been a Backyard Bee Guardian using organic and ecological practices for 15 years and mentoring others to support this amazing mediterranean honeybee in their backyard havens for over 10 years! This book is ESSENTIAL for success in Top Bar Bee Guardianship for new and experienced TOP Bar enthusiasts and will aid my teaching and mentoring greatly. And... by reading this book before you choose whether to do Top Bars or Langstroths may help you decide that Top Bar Hives are the right choice for Homesteaders and Backyarders!

While I still teach how to run a Langstroth HIve like a wild or top bar hive more or less, allowing bees to draw their own comb - allowing bees to swarm (yes I believe in contributing to strong local genetic variation and acclimation by allowing some of the swarms to get away and attempt to make it in the wilds of Santa Cruz) - I have begun to initiate new Bee Guardians into the magic of Top Bars because ultimately I believe that Langstroth HIves are designed primarily for the ease of industrial monocrop and chemical based bee manipulations and that Top Bar Hives are designed more for the ease of the bees.

Yes you can get more honey with Langstroth Hives, but for Backyarders there are other inspiring goals and ultimately a TOP BAR HIVE with a viewing window supports less non essential interventions by overly manipulative humans and supports the shape of the colony's skeleton (the comb) to mimick what they do in the wild for example.

Honey production is not my driving purpose in serving Honey Bees. I keep bees to be of service to the Greather Good and the gifts I recieve are superior fruit and food production on my homestead, contribution to locally acclimated genetic diversity, more beauty and food in my local landscape and enough honey for my family needs and some special gifitng occasionally. I'm not in it to produce commercial crops of honey, and definitely not supportive of commericial pollination practices of forcing honey bees to forage on wastelands of chemically fertilized GMO crops with dead soil, no diversity of plant life and the bees themselves are constantly dowsed in antibiotics, fungicides, miticides etc. Langstroth HIves have a dirty history - not their fault but the whole point of their design was to serve exploitation of Nature's gifts through mass production in the commercial food industry.

Choosing Top Bar HIves is for me part of my recognition that the commercial food system is broken and Slow Food and Go Local approaches are one of our most important empowered actions for healing the rift between humans and Nature.

This book is well organized, knowledge heavy and is the first to clearly articulate methods for rotating blackened brood comb out and supporting the reduction of the colony to the winter ball to the best placement in the Top Bar Hive. The authors are writing from experience and have great photos through out the book and explain clearly, seasonal skillsets for Top Bar Success as well as how to raise your own queens.

Top Bar HIves are gaining alot of popularity for Homestead and Backyard Honey Bee Guardians - no heavy 50-60 lb supers to lift, less chance of bee stings, the best designs include windows for observation, they get easier and easier with more experience, and from a design standpoint are more in alignment with a BEE CENTRIC model of connecting with Nature in a way that nurtures us and heals our sense of separation from Nature and listens to what Nature wants rather than imposes our presumptions on it.

Do not start Top Bar Beekeeping or Beekeeping at all without having this book in your Bee Guardianship tool kit, your night table, in your backpack, on your favorite reading chair. Its essential for your success in SERVING the BEES and Nature!

With so much gratitude for the bees, and human beings who approach them with curiosity, respect and a service attitude!! YES!
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HASH(0x9780dd98) étoiles sur 5 Excellent 12 septembre 2012
Par Dori B - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I was looking for a book that spoke about top bar beekeeping exclusively. This is the one I was looking for! It is loaded with information for the beginning top bar beekeeper or even someone wanting to know more before deciding to keep bees. Well written, concise with great pictures and illustrations. The diagrams included were worth their weight in...honey! I am quite impressed with this book. It is well worth the price.
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HASH(0x9769c1d4) étoiles sur 5 Top Bar Organic Bee Management 4 décembre 2012
Par MattCB - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I started my first hive of bees last spring. Do to many factors I decided to try a Top Bar Hive and an organic methodolgy. The only problem is that there is not nearly as much information on the actual manipulation of Top Bar Hives as there is for Langstrom type hives. This book fills the gap and has filled in a lot of holes for me. Great book, would recommend this to others.
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HASH(0x9778f5d0) étoiles sur 5 The Best I've Found for Top Bar Hives 1 novembre 2013
Par P. Kutschke - Publié sur
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I've just about finished building a Top Bar Hive (my first hive of any kind) and have been researching beekeeping fairly extensively to prepare to keep bees this coming spring. I've purchased 4, and read 3 1/2 books on beekeeping (The Thinking Beekeeper: A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives; Beekeeping For Dummies; The Beekeeper's Bible: Bees, Honey, Recipes & Other Home Uses) including this one. I'm still working my way through the Beekeeper's Bible, which covers everything (and probably more) that anyone would want to know about bees and beekeeping (citing, for example, information dating back to before the time of Christ), but surprisingly only mentions top bar hives once or twice.

IF you are interested in keeping a top bar hive, this is the book I would recommend above all others. It covers general beekeeping information well, and gives very practical advice specific to top bar hives. For instance, no other book I've read (or internet source I've come across so far) covers the various reasons and methods for re-arranging the bars of comb so thoroughly. This book also includes a number of illustrations to accompany the explanations of bar rotation. It also (as the title implies) spends time covering the benefits of chemical-free beekeeping, and gives organic methods of handling issues as they arise.

It has been my experience that most resources either:
1) Thoroughly address beekeeping with Langstroth-type equipment (leaving the reader to further research how to translate these practices to top bar hives)
2) Cover top bar hives very well, but assume that the reader is already familiar with general beekeeping methods including disease and pest management.

In my opinion, this book covers general beekeeping information and top-bar-specific methods better than than any other. In short, this book is the most thorough single source of top bar beekeeping that I have come across.
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