Requisites Before Preparation Of Queen's Cells





I have found the process for all regular swarms something like this:

before they commence, two or three things are requisite. The combs must

be crowded with bees; they must contain a numerous brood advancing from

the egg to maturity; the bees must be obtaining honey either by being

fed or from flowers. Being crowded with bees in a scarce time of honey

is insufficient to bring out the swarm, neither is an abundance

sufficient, without the bees and the brood. The period that all these

requisites happen together, and remain long enough, will vary with

different stocks, and many times do not happen at all through the

season, with some.



These causes then appear to produce a few queen-cells, generally begun

before the hive is filled, (sometimes when only half full, but usually

remain as rudiments till the next year, when the foregoing conditions

of the stock may require their use).





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