Directions For Making Holes





After the top is got out as directed, strike a line through the centre,

three and a quarter inches from this, make another on each side, now

measure on one of the last lines, two and a half inches for the first

hole, two inches for the next, and so on till five are marked on this,

and the same number on the other side, ten in all; these holes should

be about an inch diameter, a pattern three and a quarter inches wide,

and thirteen in length, with places for holes marked on it, will save

time when many are made. When this top is nailed on, the hive is ready.

A less number of holes is often used, and one is thought by some to be

sufficient; experience has satisfied me that the more room bees have to

enter boxes, the less reluctance is manifested in commencing their work

in them; but here is another extreme to be avoided: when the holes are

much larger, or more of them, or even one very large one, the queen is

very apt to go into the boxes and deposit her eggs, which renders the

comb tough, dark, &c., also bee-bread is stored near the brood. Dr.

Bevan's and Miner's cross-bar hives are objectionable on this account,

they offer too free access to the boxes; we want all the room that will

answer, and no more.





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