Les Crowder and Heather Harrell
2012 175 pages C555
An excellent text with information not published elsewhere. Les Crowder writes in the introduction: “Now, after thirty five years of keeping bees, I can state confidently that careful beekeepers can keep bees successfully without using antibiotics to kill bacteria, comb fumigants to kill wax moths, miticides to kill mites, or fungicides to kill chalkbrood fungus”. He goes on to describe in detail his approach, keeping bees in top-bar hives as he has done for 19 years in New Mexico State in south-west USA. Unique to this book is information about how to configure and manage combs within top-bar hives, and in particular to enable the removal of old combs from the hive. A very useful work on a natural style of honey bee colony management.