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Symptoms To Be Observed

Bee Keeping: Mysteries Of Bee-keeping Explained

As no part of the breeding season is exempt, the stocks should be

carefully observed during spring, and fore part of summer, relative to

increase of bees. When one or more is much behind others in this

respect, make an examination immediately. (I would here urge again the

convenience of the simple, common hive, over those more complicated, or

suspended, and difficult to turn over. In one case we might make an

n in season; in the other, too much trouble and difficulty

might cause it to be put off too long.) The hive must be inverted, and

the bees smoked out of the way. Our attention is to be directed to the

breeding cells; with a sharp-pointed knife, proceed to cut off the ends

of some of them that appear to be the oldest; bearing in mind that

young bees are always white, until some time after they take the

chrysalis state. Therefore, if a larva is found of a dark color, it is

dead! Should a dozen such be found, the stock should be condemned at

once, and all the bees driven into an empty hive. (The directions for

this have been given, see page 31.) If honey should be scarce, at the

time, they should be fed.