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When It Is Useless To Expect More Swarms

Categories: SWARMING.
Bee Keeping: Mysteries Of Bee-keeping Explained

Therefore, bee-keepers having but few stocks, will find it unnecessary

to watch their bees when the last of the first swarms came out sixteen

or eighteen days before. Much trouble may be thus saved by

understanding this matter. During my early days in beekeeping, I wished

for the greatest possible increase of stocks. I had some that had cast

the first swarm, and soon after clustered out again. I vainly watched

them for weeks and months, expecting another swarm. But had I

understood the _modus operandi_, as the reader may now understand it, I

should have been through with all my anxiety, as well as watching, in a

fortnight. As it was, it lasted two months. I found no one to give me

any light on this subject, or even tell me when the swarming season was

over, and I came very near watching all summer!