Danger Of Setting Stocks Too Close

A case in point occurred in the spring of '49. I sold over twenty

stocks to one person. He had constructed a bee-house, and his

arrangement brought the hives within four inches of each other. The

result was, he entirely lost several stocks; some of them were the

best; others were materially injured, yet he had a few made better by

the addition of bees from other hives; (sometimes a stock will allow

strange bees to unite with them, but it is seldom, unless a large

number enters--it is safest to keep each family by itself, under

ordinary circumstances). These stocks, before they were moved, had been

collecting pollen, and had their location well marked. Had they been

placed six feet apart, instead of four inches, he probably would not

have lost any, or even two feet might have saved them. I have often

moved them at this season, and placed them at three feet distance, and

had no bad results.

Facts like the foregoing, satisfied me long since that stocks should

occupy their situation for the summer, as early as possible in the

spring, at least before they mark the location; or if they must be

moved after that, let it be nothing short of a mile and a half, and

plenty of room between the hives.

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