Swarm control and management of honey bee colonies
The General Husbandry is an assessment to prove to yourself that you are a competent beekeeper managing your own hives in the variety of the situations the bees often throw up over the years.
The holder of this assessment can truly be proud of their beekeeping. This booklet hopes to guide you through techniques used successfully by experienced beekeepers.
Showing two assessors round your beekeeping enterprise can be quite a trial. It is easier to reproduce a task if it comes from physical memory rather than just book learnt so practising the manoeuvres required means you are confident.
This booklet does not include all the sections of the syllabus. The major omission is disease but APHA produce excellent booklets with good photographic illustrations on disease.
This booklet originally published by the Welsh Beekeepers Association this title is meant for those with two or three hives who wish to make small increases without influencing the eventual honey crop.
“Stephen Repasky and Lawrence Connor present a guided tour of what we humans have learned so far about the biology of swarming by honey bee colonies. Given the wonders and mysteries of honey bee swarms it will be extremely useful to all keen beekeepers.” Thomas Seeley, Cornell University.”Swarm Essentials is THE complete book on the topic that has, and continues to befuddle many beekeepers. The authors “deconstruct” the entire swarming process, the myriad methods beekeepers have devised to manage swarming, the impact of swarms in our environment and how to capture and manage new swarms. A delightful and informative read.” Maryann Frazier, Senior Extension Associate, Pennsylvania State University