Clustering Bushes

If there are no large trees in the vicinity of your apiary, all the

better, as there will then be no danger of your swarms lighting on

them; but all bee-keepers are not so fortunate, myself being one of the

number. In such a place it is necessary to provide something for them

to cluster on; get some bushes six or eight feet high (hemlock is

preferable); cut off the ends of the branches, except a few near the

top: secure the whole with strings to prevent swaying in ordinary

winds; make a hole in the earth deep enough to hold them, and large

enough to be lifted out easily. The bees will be likely to cluster on

some of these; they can then be raised out, and the bees hived without

difficulty. A bunch of dry mullein tops tied together on the end of a

pole, makes a very good place for clustering; it so nearly resembles a

swarm that the bees themselves appear to be sometimes deceived. I have

frequently known them leave a branch where they had begun to cluster,

and settle on this when held near.

The motives for immediately removing the swarm to the stand are, that

they are generally more convenient to watch in case they are disposed

to leave; also many bees can be saved. All that leave the hive, mark

the location the same as in spring; several hundreds will probably

leave the first day; a few may leave several times; when removed at

night, such will return to the stand of the previous day, and generally

are lost; whereas, if they are carried at once to a permanent stand,

this loss is avoided.

Those that are left flying at the time, return to the old stock, which

those that return from the swarm the next day will not always do. The

time for moving them now is no more than at another. It is unnecessary

to object, and say, that "it will take too long to wait for the bees to

get in;" this will not do. I shall insist on your getting all the bees

to enter before leaving any way. I consider this an essential feature

in the management. I will not say that my directions will _always_

prevent their going to the woods, but this I do say, that out of the

hundreds that I have hived, not one has ever left. It is possible

proper management has had no influence in my success, yet something

like an opinion of this kind has been indulged for a long time.

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