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The Next Best Place For Wintering Bees

Bee Keeping: Mysteries Of Bee-keeping Explained

A _dry_, warm cellar is the next best place for wintering them; the

apiarian having one perfectly dark, with room to spare, will find it a

very good place, in the absence of a room above ground. If a large

number was put in, some means of ventilation should be contrived for

warm turns of weather. I know an apiarian, who by my suggestion has

wintered from sixty to eighty stocks in this way, for the last six

years, with perfect success, not having lost one. Another has wintered

thirty with equal safety.

As for burying them in the earth, I have not the least doubt, if a dry

place should be selected, the hive inverted, and surrounded with hay,

straw, or some substance to absorb the moisture, and protected from the

rain, at the top of the covering, that perfect success would attend the

experiment. But this is only theory; when I tried the experiment of

burying, and had the combs mould, the hives ware right side up.