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Cook, E.H. (ed.) / The bee-hive
Vol. 1, No. 6 (February, 1887)

[Articles and opinions pertaining to beekeeping],   pp. [49]-60

Page 57

THE BEE-HIVE.            57
mix up the sections in a rack after
the bees have began to work in them,
or if it becomes necessary to do so,
from taking out finished sections, I
would move the cmbs they have be-
gan to work on in rows together, put-
ting the empty ones in rows above
the bees at front of hive; or I would
grade them off, a full comb in one end
of rack, one part full next, then one a
little less, and a little less, and so on
until you reach an empty one, or
sometimes we have put the full ones
in center and gracle each way, but
never mix them up, as it will be sure
to give bulged and thin combs.
We much prefer a chaff to a single-
walled hive for wintering.
Mns. L. C. AXTELL.
Roseville, Ills.
written for the Bee-Hve.
Minq esotao Bee 6.
I rec'd a sample copy of THE BEE-
IIivE, think it a very nice little "hive;"
would like very much to get it a year,
if I could get it so easily as by writ-
ing a letter. I am twelve years old,
therefore I have not had much experi-
ence in bee keeping, only watching
the bees and helpin,4 what I can in
swarning season; but my father
uiys he paid the first money he earn-
ed for a swarm of bees, he has kept
bees ever since,-over 40 years,-says
lie would not live without them.
He never uses separators, but when
extracting finds extra white, new
comb, and after extracting cuts out
one-half of the comb, cuts it in strips
12 inches wide and long enough to fit
the sections, and fastenes it to the top.
As the comb is fresh the bees will be-
,in to work on all the sections at
one.  Father   thinks  his   fashion
much better than using foundation,
and cheaper. He took this summer
from our colony 128 sections, very lit-
tle difference in weight and a splendid
swarm; and from the new swarm 64
nicely filled sections.  Uses frames
for extraction just the length to go a-
cross a ten frame Langstroth hive,
and 5 inches deep. Father says he
thinks beginners ought not to meddle
with their hives in the ,spring, until
apple blossoms come.
We think W. M. Barnum is not ac-
quainted with such Italians as ours,
they are at work as soon as the sun
rises; have swarmed as early as seven
o'clock A. M., and one swarm came out
as late as six P. m. Perhaps they rec-
ognize the fact that Minn. summers
are short, and they have such an a-
bundance of honey in their reach, that
they have not time to be "lazy." I
shall be very proud if you call this a
"good article;" am afraid you will
say "shoo," and fling it in the waste-
basket.  With best wishes to THE
Lyle, Minn.
[The success of your father shows
that he understands how to get nice
sections of honey.  Shouldn't wonder
if we could guess who helps him fit in
those pieces of white comb. What
do you think happened to our waste-
basket? Just before Christmas and
while we were away from our office it
disappeared,-couldn't imagine what
had become of it. When Christmas
eve arrived we found what had be-
come of the basket. It seems that
Santa Claus didn't like the looks of it
(by the way, it was originally a peach
basket) and had gone to work in his
wonderful way, covered. the basket
with bright red cloth, festooned it at
the top, added some tassels and two
little handles, making a very respect-
able waste-basket. He doesn't gener-
ally get ahead of us; but this time we
had to "own up." El).]

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