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fly away in attempting to colle&t them, but they may be caught again in this manner: a sheet is placed by night on the ground
contiguous to the swarm, and when they alight, the hive is placed over them, with the entrance stopped ; then the whole is covered with a sheet, in which they are carried home. But they should not be placed near the hive whence they had originally departed.
When the time arrives for tak
ing out the honey combs, which is generally in the month of June, when the flowers begin to decay, it should be done in the heat of the day, as the greater part of the bees are then abroad, but not during a high wind, or at the commencement of a new or full moon. The hiver must have his face and hands defended as above-mentioned, and accompanied by a person holding a chaffing dish, with a coal fire, covered with moist peat, to make the greater smoke: this smoke being infused among the bees from the top of the cylinder, they fly away or remain intoxicated at the bottom, then the hive is taken to pieces by drawing out the pins. The combs are cut out without destroying the bees, except two cells, which are left around the hive ; and, lest the bees should feed on what remains, the incision is covered with pulverized clay : after this, the hive is put together as before.