Book Review: The Complete Bee Handbook

reviewcover - the complete bee handbookTitle: The Complete Bee Handbook

Author: Dr. Dewey M. Caron

Genre: Non-Fiction, Animal Husbandry

Rating: 3 Stars

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Description/Synopsis:

Explore the past, present, and future of bees, including their evolution, their ever-critical role as pollinators, and the ongoing threats that jeopardize their survival. Then, discover a short and sweet cultural history of beekeeping, the numerous applications of bee products, and tips on how you can support your local bee population.

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The book is a wealth of information if you’re interested in bees as a whole – from their origins long before man walked the earth, to recipes … but I wouldn’t call it complete. There’s very little about beekeeping involved, no information on identifying bee species, or how hives work past generalities.

If you are interested in bees on the level of someone who’s been looking to learn a little more after seeing a few bees in their backyard – then yes, this is an easy book to pick up, and you will learn a little more about bees… but if you’re looking to get into the nitpicky details about bees, hives, and their taxonomy, this is not going to be what you’re looking for. It’s not a bad read, don’t get me wrong – it’s well written and easy to read, but you aren’t going to find all the information you’re looking for past casual information gathering.

Book Review: The Beginner’s Guide To Raising Goats

reviewcover-the beginner's guide to raising goatsTitle: The Beginner’s Guide To Raising Goats

Author: Amber Bradshaw

Genre: Non-Fiction, Animal Husbandry

Rating: 5 Stars

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From Angoras to Nigerian Dwarfs, this beginner’s guide to raising goats will break down the dos and don’ts to starting your herd. Learn how to pick the right kind of goat for your homestead’s needs, build fences and shelters, feed and breed them, and more. There’s even a recipe section in the back that shows you how to use their fresh meat and milk to make tasty home-cooked meals like Goat Chili and Goat Mac N’ Cheese.

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I’ll admit, I know very little about goats in general, but I’ve been interested for a while in learning more about their care and benefits in a homestead setting. I can confidently say after having read The Beginner’s Guide To Raising Goats by Amber Bradshaw, that if you too are new to goats and would like to learn more about keeping them, this is an excellent place to start.

There is so much useful information held within these pages – from different breeds, general health, how to identify illnesses, vet visits, routine care, training, building plans, to recipes! This book is an incredible reference to keep on hand for any new goat owner, or as research for those looking to get into goats for whatever reason. I would definitely recommend it.