Improper Remedies

Notwithstanding it is common to hear remarks like this, "I had a

_first-rate_ hive of bees," (when the fact was he had not looked

particularly at his bees for a month, to know whether it was so or not,

and if he had, very likely would not know,) "and Mr. A.'s bees began to

rob them. I tried every thing to stop it; I moved them around in

several places to prevent their finding the hive. It did no good; the

first I knew they were all gone--bees, honey, and all! The bees all

joined the robbers." Now the fact is, that not one _good_ stock of bees

in fifty, will ever be robbed, if let alone; that is, if the entrance

is properly protected. This moving the hive was enough to ruin any

stock; bees were lost at every change, until nothing was left but honey

to tempt the robbers; whereas, if left on its stand, it might have


A great many remedies have been given me gratis, which, had one-half

been followed, would have ruined them. The fact is, with many people,

the remedies are often the cause of the disease. The most fatal is, to

move them a few rods; another, to close the hive entirely, (very liable

to smother them); or, break out some comb and set the honey to running.

There are some charms that affect them but little any way. Probably

there are but few bee-keepers able to tell at once, _when bees are

being robbed_. It requires the closest scrutinizing observation to


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