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Spring Management

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Bees have died largely everyvvhere diiring the past MTn winter, and many who have lost heavily will no doulit have tlieiv toases ínuch Inereased beforetbe coming ñrqít bloóm. Uniese the weather should be unusnallv favorable spring dwindling will linish many colonies already badly deplcted. We should be very careful to do BVryting possible for tlie welfare of tliose we have left. Now that they have had a good cleansing llight, every hi ve should be examined to learn their condition, see that thuy have sufficient stores and where there is auy lack they should be feil. They should be placed on only so many comba as they can well cover, liight here we wish to add, that no hive is complete without a división board. The brood chamber be oontracted for judicious management. Especially so, when colonies are weak. It can be done by allowing the cloth over tlie frames to hang down over the side of the frames. Latei' in the sou this will not work so well is tlie división board. Should any colonies prove queenless, unite them with other colonies. Avoid all upward ventilatton, keep on all cushions or blankets, that the brood nest may be kept as warm as possible, and close up all entrences so that only one or two bees can pass at a tima In reducing the number of frames leave those containing the most honey, unless a SHllicient number already coutain broods. The honey in the frames removed should befed back to them as they need it. To do this, piek those containing the most honey, first, break the cappingand hang in the liive, outside the devision board, and they will soon cany it around to the brood nest They will breed very alow at iirst, but should be examiaed every week or ten daya when the weather will permit, to see whatthey are doing. The conib should be given back to tliem as they grow stronger, but only one at i time as tlny may need it, in tbe


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