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Bees Disposed To Carry Away Honey

Bee Keeping: Mysteries Of Bee-keeping Explained

When boxes are taken off at the end of the honey season, a different

method of getting rid of the bees must be adopted, or we lose our

honey. Unless the combs are all finished, we lose some then any way, as

most of the bees fill themselves before leaving; they carry it home and

return for more immediately, and take it all, if not prevented. It has

been recommended to take it to some dark room with a small opening to

the bees out; in the course of the day they will sometimes all

leave; but this method I have found unsafe, as they sometimes find the

way back. When a large number of boxes are to be managed, a more

expeditious mode is, to have a large box with close joints, or an empty

hogshead, or a few barrels with one head out, set in some convenient

place; put the boxes in, one above another, but not in a manner to stop

the holes; over the top throw a sheet of one thickness, a thin one is

best, as it will let through more light. The bees will leave the boxes,

creep to the top, and get on the sheet; take this off and turn it over

a few times; in this way all may be got rid of without the possibility

of carrying off much honey. All that know the way will return to the

hive, but a few young ones are lost.