Fifty Years Among the Bees

Jun 13, 2015 by

fiftyFifty Years Among the Bees by Dr. C. C. Miller was originally published in 1911 and is a must-have resource for anyone interested in keeping bees for hobby or profit.  If you love Langstroth’s “The Hive and the Honeybee” you will love this book too.  Dr. Miller is humble, funny and full of facts and information.  After keeping bees for fifty years he tells the reader that he doesn’t know everything about bees and beekeeping – but he does know what haw worked for him.  Wonderful knowledge and fun to read.

Here are a few lines to give you a feel for his writing style:

“As I said, I am not sure that it is ever wise, except in the Hastings apiary, to allow supers to stay on after the white-clover harvest is over. True, a considerable amount of honey may be got in sections from the late flow, but it is not all of it of the best, and if it were stored in brood-combs and saved as extra combs to be crowded into the brood-chamber the next year before the beginning of the harvest, there might be nearly or quite as many more sections of white-clover honey stored, to off- set what was lost in sections in the fall.

For the purpose of getting bees out of sections I have tried pretty thoroughly the Porter escape and other escapes which work on the principle of allowing the bees to go down out of the supers without the chance of returning, but they do not work fast enough to suit me. When I go to an out-apiary. I always want to bring home with me all the honey taken off that day. Even at home I want it taken in the same day it is taken off. I may want to go elsewhere the next morning, and I don’t want to be hindered from an early start by having to get it in before starting. Besides, I am just a little afraid that if I should make a practice of leaving honey out over escapes till the next day, some one none too scrupulous might learn the trick and by a night visit save me the trouble of taking off some of the honey. So whatever honey is taken off any day is got into the house before we get to bed that night ; for some- times it happens that when we have a big day’s work at an out-apiary we do not get home till 8 o’clock or later.”


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