A natural beekeeping classic

Learn natural beekeeping from Europe’s foremost beekeeping authority. Georges de Layens, inventor of the world’s most popular horizontal hive, shares a lifetime of experience on how to:
  • get started in simplified beekeeping
  • choose the best hive model for you & your bees
  • manage your hives with just two visits per year
  • take advantage of horizontal hives & deep frames
  • avoid unnecessary complications & procedures
  • increase an apiary with natural or artificial swarms
  • transfer bees from one hive model to another
  • enhance bees’ health drug-free
  • do without requeening, feeding & other chores
  • understand honey plants and honeyflows
  • make award-winning mead (foolproof formula)
  • use foundationless frames, make wax foundation
  • handle traditional hives (skeps, log hives, etc.)
  • keep bees sustainably using local strains
  • and MUCH more
Layens’ simple beekeeping boasts over 100 years of successful use, with 1 million hives in use today. Bee-friendly, productive, and fun, keeping bees can be easier than you ever imagined!

“This is a delightful book full of wonderfully audacious ideas for U.S. beekeepers. I certainly look forward to building and trying out a horizontal movable-frame hive, inspired and guided by reading this fascinating book.”
— Dr. Tom Seeley, author of Honeybee Democracy

Keeping Bees in Horizontal Hives:
A Complete Guide to Apiculture

Georges de Layens & Gaston Bonnier
Dr. Leo Sharashkin (editor)
374 pages, 250 ill.
$49.95. ISBN 978-0-9842873-6-9
Deep Snow Press, 2017
Full Cover
Title & Reviews
A Natural Beekeeping Classic. Editor’s Preface
Chapter 24. Managing an Outyard
Look at the pictures! Gorgeously illustrated