This book contains all you need for a completely sustainable Top-Bar Hive beekeeping system. The results rest on scientific principles and careful observations from managing 200 Top-Bar Hives with over 25 years experience. This is beekeeping with Integrated Pest Management practices (IPM), the bees rarely if ever needing chemical treatments.
With 12 chapters and 421 pages, this full-sized (8 1/2″ by 11″) book gives you 362 color and 24 infrared (B&W) photos, a rich visual learning experience. This ultimate Top-Bar Hive book is full of innovative & creative beekeeping and rock-solid fundamentals, such as:
- Build TBHs hives up to 5 feet long
- Build various syrup feeders, queen cages, pollen traps, and queen excluders
- Build TBHs for free from scrap material and plant stalks
- Install bee packages the right way
- Correctly use syrup feeders
- Get straight combs
- Handle new combs – correctly!
- Avoid comb meltdowns
- Get the new colony established
- Pick the correct hive site
- Avoid blown-over hives
- Prevent robbing
- Get the new colony ready for winter
Then for the next season, this book discusses in detail with more photographs:
- Colony Management:
- honey production,
- swarm control,
- IPM for varroa, small hive beetle & wax moths,
- selecting hygienic bee stock,
- comb storage without fumigants
- Honey “processing” with high sanitary standards demanded by today’s consumers
- Learn about creative honey packaging–all with no expensive extractor
- Queen production: small or large scale (nongrafting or grafting) with all equipment for TBHs
- Pollination: moving a few hives or dozens by truck and trailer
- Shake package bees from TBHs
Intrigued with bee behavior?
- Bee watching with top-bar observation hives
- Even see 30 top-bar observation hives in one building
Video Book Tour of Top-Bar Hive Beekeeping: Wisdom & Pleasure Combined
This book is very detailed, but that might be hard to appreciate from the lists above.
So here is a Video Book Tour showing a brief 12-minute summary of me paging thorough the book narrating some of the main points. The video is like looking through the book with me (the author) narrating.
From decades of beekeeping work, the book is yours for only $45.00. (Virginia residents must be charged 5% sales tax, that is, $2.25 for each book.)
Book Shipping in the USA
In the USA, the books are shipped by USPS media mail for $7 for a single book with delivery confirmation. (Delivery confirmation provides the sender with a tracking number.) We have a small price break on the shipping for purchasing multiple books. You can pay by credit card or debit card or use your PayPal account with the button below. You do not need a PayPal account. After clicking the “Buy Now” button look to the lower right to “Don’t have a PayPal account?” Click those words and put in your credit card information. PayPal handles the transfer of funds, and PayPal handles the security. For orders of 5 or more books, please contact us with the e-mail form below before purchasing to get the correct shipping charge. Thank you.
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International Shipping (out of the USA)
For international shipping, we have found a faster and less expensive way for single (one) book shipments. The shipping is by USPS Priority Flat Rate. Note on Jan. 27, 2013, the shipping rates increased, which is beyond my control. Shipping one book to Canada is $21. Shipping one book to all other countries is $25. I will send you a tracking number after I fill out all the forms. In the Paypal set up, I picked 1-2 weeks for the delivery time, but the delivery times have been much faster than that. My choices in Paypal were limited. Note: International shipping with Priority has worked very well. From the emails I received from buyers, the TBH book gets to the United Kingdom in about 5 days, Greece in a week, Belgium in 8 days, and New Zealand in 10 days. I found a book dealer who ships with Priority and liked it – he was right.
After clicking the “Buy Now” button below look to the lower right to “Don’t have a PayPal account?” Click those words and put in your credit card information. PayPal handles the transfer of funds, and PayPal handles the security.
For shipping 2 books, I could not get a reduction on the international shipping. (The US Postal Service had box sizes that were too large and expensive for just two books). It would better just to mail the 2 books individually. However, for mailing 3, 4, or 5 books, there is a shipping cost reduction. For Canada, the shipping is $42 for mailing 3, 4, or 5 books. For other countries, the shipping is $61 for mailing 3, 4, or 5 books. The US postal service provides the box, and I can fit a maximum of 5 books in the box and still be under the weight limit of 20 pounds. So for 5 books the shipping per book is just $12.20 For purchasing more than 5 books, the Paypal shipping calculator will not be correct, please email us first. Thank you.