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Leahy, R. B.; Doolittle, G. M., 1846-1918 (ed.) / The progressive bee-keeper
Vol. VII, No. 8 (August 1, 1897)

[Articles and opinions pertaining to beekeeping],   pp. [205]-214

Page 214

a good roost. are far more apt to ab-
scond than if they can be kept near
the oround. In other words, if you
consult your own convenience, consult
that of the bees as well, and they will
not usually let your efforts go unre-
Southland Queen.
HAVE been experimenting some
this spring to determine on the
easiest, best and most satisfactory way
to manipulate and prepare bees for cell
building to secure uniformly good cells,
and as it is a subject that many seem
to be interested in, I will give the plan
I prefer, for the benefit of those to
whom the idea may be new. In the
first place, the idea is to have as many
bees of all ages as possible. Toaccom-
plish this, select a populous colony, put
on a queen excluder, then a second
story, which fill with combs of as near-
ly all sealed brood as possible, from
other colonies. Ten days later, shake
the bees off the combs, and remove all
queen cells therefrom. Then set the
body containing the queen on a stand
near by, and the top one in its place.
One day later give a batch of cell cups
prepared with larvae so young that it
will not hatch before the twelfth day,
to the queenless part. On the fifth
day, or about the time cells are sealed,
place the excluder over the cell build-
ers, and put the body containing the
queen above. When the cells are re-
moved. set the queen off, wait a day,
and repeat the operation, and if as
large cells and queens are not secured
as ever were from natural swarms, it
can be put down that something was
wrong somewhere.
When the second lot of cells is seal-
ed, and every time thereafter, remove
two combs of honey and add two combs
of b-ood from nuclei or other colonies,
p'acing one on each side of the cells.
Whether the bees are gatherinz from
the fields or not, feed the part contain-
ing the queen a little each evening
while it is off, as it will have no field
workers, and feed the cell builders,
whether the queen is on or off, all the
time, unless honey is being stored.
The comb of honey or syrup taken
from such colony is just right for nu-
clei, and the best way I know of to
feed them.
The two las' combs of brood given
should he examined every time a batch
of cells is removed, as well as when the
cups are given the next day, for queen
cells, and remove them if found.
If one should only want to rear one
baten of cells, and then form nuclei for
themn, a second story put on when the
cells are sealed, and filled with combs
of brood, instead of .placing the queen
over them, will give combs of honey,
brood, cells and bees, altogether, ready
when the cells mature, to form nuclei,
and the hive containing the queen can
be placed back in its former position
when the nuclei are formed. The old
bees will return, and everything will
be about as it was before, except that
sixteen or twenty combs of brood have
been used, eight or ten nuclei formed
and queened, and everything coing
well. In these cell building colonies is
a good place to preserve drones.
Creek, N. C.
Bred in the North, are Hardy,
Industrious  and  Beautiful.
Send 75c for 1 untested queen,
or $1 for tested. Breeding
queen, $2.  -   -   -   -
WM H. BRIGHT, Mazeppa, Minn.
Please mention the "Progressive."

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