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Whole Families May Desert The Hive

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

When you have the means to keep up a supply of food, and time requisite

to make feeding secure, perhaps it would not be advisable to wait till

the last extremity before feeding, as a small family will sometimes

entirely desert the hive, when destitute, if it occurs before they have

much brood. In these cases, they issue precisely as a swarm; after

flying a long time, they either return, or unite with some other stock.

If they return, they need attention immediately. You may be certain

there is something wrong, let the desertion take place when it may; in

spring it may be destitution, or mouldy combs; at other times the

presence of worms, diseased brood, &c. By whatever cause it is

produced, ascertain it, and apply the remedy.