Hives To Be Thoroughly Made





Hives should be constructed of good materials, boards of good

thickness, free from flaws and cracks, well fitted and thoroughly

nailed.



The time of making them is not very particular, providing it is done in

season. It certainly should not be put off till the swarming period, to

be made as wanted, because if they are to be painted; it should be done

as long as possible before, as the rank smell of oil and paint, just

applied, might be offensive to the bees.



But what kind of hive shall be made?



In answer, some less than a thousand forms have been given. The

advantages of bee-keeping depend as much upon the construction of

hives, as any one thing; yet there is no subject pertaining to them on

which there is such a variety of opinions, and I have but little hopes

of reconciling all these conflicting views, opinions, prejudices, and

interests.





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