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Bennett, B.S.K. (ed.) / The Pacific bee journal
Vol. 5, No. 10 (October, 1902)

[Articles and opinions pertaining to beekeeping],   pp. [237]-246 PDF (3.0 MB)


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THE PACIFIC BEE JOURNAL.
vention that the move be put through,
and a motion to that effect was put
to the house, which asked that there
be a committee of five to draw up the
plans.  The committee consists of
President Hutchinson, Secretary Ma-
son, Ex-Vice-President Hershiser, N.
Rauchfuss, of Denver, Colorado, and
F. E. Brown, of Hanford, California.
After the committee had been ap-
pointed and had an opportunity to
come together to deliberate, it was
voted by the committee that the mat-
ter of drawing up of the plans be
left to F. E. Brown, which would
afterward be submitted to the entire
committee of bee men, all of which
are very desirous to receive sug-
gestions from any one that has ideas
which they would like to have incor-
porated into these plans. These sug-
gestions will be received and consid-
ered by F. E. Brown, Hanford, Cal.
Much discussion was brought out
from time to time regarding the best
plans to operate and manipulate hives
and bees. Mr. E. H. Root, of Glear-
ings, gave a very interesting lecture
upon his trip from the Atlantic to the
Pacific, illustrated upon canvas. This
was much appreciated and was in-
structive.
The Convention came to a close
with a trolley ride of 25 miles about
tmle city of Denver, which made a
good impression upon the visitors, and
a barquet at the Windsor Hotel, which
was equally full of life and good feel-
ings. The last two items being do-
nated to the visitors by the Colorado
bee-keepers.
The location for the next National
Convention seems to lie between Utah
and Texas. It is evident that the
West has made a very good impression
upon the Eastern tenderfoots, and the
West stands a reasonably good chance
with the East for some of the future
big gatherings.
BUYING QUEENS TO BEST ADVAN-
TAGE.
By W. A. H. Gilstrap.
As queens are now cheaper, as raised
by nearly all standara breeders, than
those sent out in the spring, and the
weather is cool enough to make transit
much safer than in midsummer, a few
suggestions about ordering queens
might be of interest to the readers of
the Journal.
Buying queens is usually done from
a dollar and cent standpoint, but very
often not to the best advantage. Sev-
erL_ eastern men of national repute
recommend apiarists to order a nu-
cleus hive to insure safe arrival of
queen. In some cases that may be
best, but it is a practice I have never
recommended. A customer in Idaho
ordered  a  one-frame  nucleus with
queen by way of experiment, several
months ago. I made it up with a view
to save weight and help him out all I
could consistently with safety. When
he had to pay nearly $3 express
charges he found his experiment a
costly one, and he will never repeat it.
At last accounts he was expecting fifty
pounds surplus from   the resulting
colony. He ordered a number of
queens, which cost considerable but
are more satisfactory. As the queen
is the life of the colony that soon
makes the difference, any way.
But it is argued that the queens
sent through the mail are too liable
to damage. Loss from that source is
not great unless sent a great distance,
or in very severe weather. If not in
a great rush for a breeding queen, it
is well to order at least three queens,
and in a little while you are in posses-
sion of one or more fire queens at
nominal cost. If only one queen is
ordered, and that one queen is in-
ferior after introduction, the custom-
er may get disgusted with that stock
of bees. I never did this, but at least
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OCTOBER


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