Temperature Of Room

The temperature of such a room will vary according to the number and

strength of the stocks put in; 100 or more would be very sure to keep

it above the freezing point at all times. Putting a very few into such

a room, and depending on the bees to make it warm enough, would be of

doubtful utility. If these means will not keep the proper temperature,

probably some other method would be better. All full stocks would do

well enough, as they would almost any way. Yet I shall recommend

housing them whenever practicable. If the number of stocks is few, let

the room be proportionably small.[18] It is the smallest families that

are most trouble: if they are too cold, it may be known by bees leaving

the hive in cold weather, and spots of excrement on the combs; they

should then have some additional protection; close part or all of the

holes in the top, cover the open bottom partially or wholly, and

confine to the hive as much as possible the animal heat; when these

means fail, it may be necessary to take them to a warm room, during the

coldest weather.

[18] As an additional proof that this method of inverting hives

in the house for winter is valuable, I would say that Mr. Miner,

author of the American Bee-Keeper's Manual, seems fully to

appreciate it. In. the fall of 1850, I communicated to him this

method; giving my reasons for preferring it to the cold method

recommended in his Manual. The trial of one winter, it appears,

satisfied him of its superiority, so much so that within a year

from that time he published an essay recommending it; but advised

confining the bees with muslin, &c.

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