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Strong Stocks Disposed To Plunder

Bee Keeping: Mysteries Of Bee-keeping Explained

Strong stocks, that during a yield have occupied every cell with brood

and honey, when it fails, will soon have empty cells left by the young

bees, hatching. These empty cells, without honey to fill them, appear

to be a source of much uneasiness. Although such hive and caps may be

well stored, I have ever found them to be the worst in the apiary, much

more disposed to plunder, than weaker ones with half the honey. As weak

/> stocks cannot be bettered now, it is best to remove them at once, and

put the temptation out of the way. Carelessness is but a sorry excuse,

for letting bees establish this habit of dishonesty. Should any stocks

be weak from disease, the consequences would be even more disastrous

than bad habits; the reasons why such impure honey should not go into

thrifty stocks, have already been given. If we want the least possible

trouble with our bees, none but the best should be selected for winter.

But what constitutes a good stock, seems to be but partially

understood; if we judge from the number lost annually, too many are

careless, or ignorant in the selection; supposing, perhaps, because a

stock has been good one winter and swarmed well, it must of course be

right; the mistake is often fatal.