from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In bee-keeping, a partition of perforated sheet-metal placed in a hive to confine the queen bee to the brood-chamber and yet permit other bees to pass from one division of the hive to another through the perforations.
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Before removing a vessel or box, a thin knife should be carefully passed under it, so as to loosen the attachments of the comb to the honey-board, without injuring the bees; then a small piece of tin or zinc may be pushed under to prevent the bees that are below, from coming up, when the honey is removed.
For this, my hive is admirably adapted: a feeder may be put over one of the holes in the honey-board directly over the mass of the bees, into which the heat of the hive naturally arises, and where the bees can get at their food without any risk of being chilled.
In my hives, the candy may be laid on the top of the frames, in the shallow chamber between the frames and the honey-board; it will here, if the honey-board is covered with straw, be always accessible to the bees, even in the coldest weather.
When the honey-board is removed, its lower surface will be usually covered with bees, and it should be carefully set on end, so as not to crush them.
_honey-board_, because the surplus honey receptacles stand upon it, can never be very firmly attached by the bees: it may always be readily loosened with a thin knife, or better still, with an apothecary's spatula, which will be very useful for many purposes in the Apiary.
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