Freezing Destroys Them

Boxes taken off at the end of warm weather, and exposed in a freezing

situation through the winter, appear to have all the worms as well as

eggs for them destroyed by the cold; consequently, all boxes so

exposed, may be kept any length of time; the only care being necessary,

to shut out the moth effectually. But don't forget to look out for all

combs from which the bees have been removed in warm weather. I prefer

taking off all boxes at the end of the first yield of honey, even when

I expect to put them on again for buckwheat honey. The bees at this

season collect a great abundance of propolis, which they spread over

the inside of the boxes as well as hive; in some instances it is spread

on the glass so thick as to prevent the quality of honey being seen.

There is no necessity for boxes on a hive at any season when there is

no yield of honey to fill them. Sometimes even in a yield of buckwheat

honey, a stock may contain too few bees to fill boxes, but just a few

may go into them and put on the propolis; this should not be allowed,

as it makes it look bad when used another year. At this season,

(August) some old stocks may be full of combs, and but few bees, but

swarms when they have got the hive full in time, are very sure to have

bees enough to go into the boxes to work. I have known them to do so in

three weeks after being hived.

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