There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. --- Henry David Thoreau

"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best -- " and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do,
there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called. -- The House at Pooh Corner

Friday, January 1, 2010

Beekeeping Links

This is an ever-expanding list of important links, bookmark us and check back often. .. And links get broken, websites die. If you find a dead link please let me know[02/01/12 -- just did a comprehensive weed-out and removed all the dead links. New links are a-comin']


Bees -- lots of articles, links, info – bee biology, pics, equip, general how to - FedGov pages on pollinators  - basic info on Mason Bees -suppliers of Mason bees, they answer questions too.

Beekeeping Guides, Articles, Resources - start here, most everything you need to know. But be careful of the "only one right way" syndrome on some info. -David Heaf's books The Bee-Friendly Beekeeper, his new Warré manual, plus his Warré pages - "ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture" -- The major compilation of all things honeybee. This is a free download of the whole book. Hint - most beeks have a treasured older hardbound copy, with a publishing date wayyyy back before the advent of chems and poisons and factory-farmed bees. Those copies show the old way of beekeeping in detail. Think of this book more like a dictionary/encyclopedia, not a "How to" template, though. -- .pdf of the original book "Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee". Download this to go with your ABC/XYZ and you'll have a fundamental reference library of standard beekeeping knowledge. - I've described this in several blog places. The best natural way beginning beekeeper's guide. – multi-page how to, plans, etc -- Canadian info; resouces -- beekeepers general info. So much to absorb. – Beekeeping Pure and Simple – Guide, general info, links --Master Beekeeper Course, articles, online guide -- summaries of bee science, info Langstroth How to Guide and basic guide – info, articles, wide range of everything – online forum, beekeeping discussions, lessons -- OSU Honeybee Lab -- useful information for Oregon Beeks -- everything about swarms the home of Bee Improvement in Britain and Ireland. Download helpful software  - Waggle Dance - swarm and bait-hives, plus links to this blog's 300 hive ideas

Beekeeping Supplies click through to their online beekeeping catalog. Almost everything beek. There are other suppliers you can google, but these guys are my locals and good folk.

Hive Information:
TBH - Barefoot Beekeeper – Phillip Chandler's Brit Top Bar Hive -make sure to sign up for the forum! – comprehensive, major source - info; construction =-- Cornwall TBH, supplies, info -- TBH blog, plans, etc. construction plans, blog -- TBH site with info, how to, plans

Warré - Guide to beginning beekeeping with Warrés - Plans, info, Nick Hamilton site

Langstroth - plans, info, accessory plans -- history and design

Lane County Oregon Beekeepers Assoc.

Oregon State Beekeepers Association

Beekeeping Discussion Forums - their section for new beekeepers forum for low-cost, low-impact, sustainable beekeeping for everyone - their beginners startup section

Misc Accessories – swarm frame – top entrance info - a bucket for collecting swarms or transporting cut-outs.
Online Beekeeping to set up hive record keeping and track your beekeeping activities (free)

Organic Beekeeping - Beekeeping Naturally. - good for soaking up atmosphere of the Way. - article – sustainable beekeeping wiki – Golden Hive, holistic beekeeping, Melissa Garden Home

Specific Beekeeping Procedures
ttp:// - my beek association's guide to installing pkg bees – feeding - planting for pollinator support. - how to build Mason Bee Blocks

Interesting and Useful Blogs 
I put most of these on my blog list on the front page, but time to time others will land here first: - really great TBH/Warre blog well known, highly informative beek blog Phillip Chandler's blog. gotta read it! -- SF Beekeeper’s blog, sustainable, rad -Beemaster's International Beekeeping WebRing -- look at that bottom board! - bees and fascinating other stuff, so good! - 300 different beehive designs, 93+ plans for beekeeping equipment


  1. This is great a lot of site for us to browse. Thank you for sharing this information to us. Its really a great help to us beginners in beekeeping. Thank you, thank you.

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