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THEORETICAL IDEAS NOT WANTED.
Jane Points Out the Errors of an Editor
— Deserved Criticism.
Editor Ranch*: and Range:—
I saw an article in one of the jour
nals of this state, written by the
editor, and as he advances some
new ideas regarding the manage
ment of bees, I cannot forbear criti
cising his statements a little.
i. He "sprinkled flour on his
and found them eight miles from
home." He must have wet t\e
bees first, as I cannot make the
2. "If you wish strong colonies
in the spring, never put one of the
brood frames in the extractor.'' I
think it an advantage to extract
from the brood nest in some cases,
to give the queen more room, where
there is a continuous honey flow for
3. "Wire your foundation in the
brood frames —that is the only way
to get them straight. If you don't
you would better quit keeping bees,''
I would better quit, for I use no
wire. I did when first starting in
the business, but have better cards
of brood without wire. It may be
I did not know how; I had no
wheels to work.
4. "As soon as a swarm comes
out, have and old tin pan ready—
no, I mean spray pump (and drown
the queen.)" Italian bees are civi
lized and can stand drowning. If
they are civilized they will settle
ninety-nine times out of a hundred
without being baptised. What few
bees that are not drowned will set
tle on a low bush. Give them a
good bath in ice water, or, if you
are afraid they will get away, dip
them once into a kettle of boiling
water, then shake them into a hive,
give them a frame of brood with
larvae and eggs and if there are
enough bees alive to raise a queen
you may have a colony in the fall.
5. "Beekeepers should use shal
low frames for extracting; then the
queen will not lay in the super." I
think that depends on the time of
year and condition of the bees.
6. "Use no zinc boards." I
think that is conditional.
7. "Use no cloth between the
top of the super and the cover, and
have your sections all stained on
8. ' 'In winter a cushion of chaff
should be used to prevent sweating.
The whole colony clusters in the
top and center of the brood nest.''
Can't be much honey in that hive,
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as they do not cluster on capped
hone}'. My bees generally cluster
on the southern side and lower part
of brood nest.
9. "If you do not want your bees
to swarm cut out the queen cells
once a week." Bad advice to be
ginners, unless they know whether
the cells are for swarming or for
loss of queen.
10. "The old queen will kill the
larvae of a young queen." That
makes Mrs. Jane smile.
11. "It is a poor plan to double
up weak colonies." From the
mouth of a babe you may learn
wisdom; but I never did winter two
weak colonies without doubling
Would write a letter on that sub
ject sometime, if some editor would
furnish stamp and paper, but have
said enough on bees this time —may
be too much. But when I see any
thing funny in a bee journal, writ
ten by the head apiarist —excuse
me, friends, for saying what I think.
Put all waste pieces of wax in
your wax extractor.
California apiarists are jubilant
over the prospects of a bountiful
honey crop this season.
Black honey-dew from the popple
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or quaking bush tree, causes Mr.
Lee to take off all section supers in
the home yard.
We made our first shipment of
comb honey this year June ioth —
just one month earlier than any
Mr. Brown, of Fairview, thinks
it advisable, when giving new
swarms full sheets of foundation, to
leave one frame empty in center of
hive for the bees to build drone
comb in. I think Mr. Brown will
change his mind in the near future.
A Parker man, in looking over
his bees found one colony droneless.
He was much worried over the mat
ter, but after some study settled the
difficulty by borrowing a handful of
drones from another hive, and giv
ing them to his droneless colony.
But he is only a beginner.
The Utah State Beekeepers As
sociation in their last semi-annual
convention, among the many sub
jects discussed, took up that of the
marketing and transportation of
honey. It was shown that honey
had been put on the market at ruin
ous and unnecessarily low price,
thereby demoralizing home market.
Certain remedies were discussed.
Yakima beekeepers would do well
to take the above subject under con