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Two Families Together Will Not Consume As Much As If Separate

Bee Keeping: Mysteries Of Bee-keeping Explained

Even when a stock already contains bees enough to make it safe for

winter, another of the same number of bees may be added, and _the

consumption of honey will not be five lbs. more than one swarm would

consume alone_. If they should be wintered in the cold, the difference

might not be one pound. Why more bees do not consume a proportionate

quantity of honey, (which the experience of others as well as myself

has thoroughly proved), is a mystery, unless the greater number of bees

creates more animal heat, and being warm, eat less, is a solution,

(which if it is, is a strong reason for keeping bees warm in winter.)