Post general discussion, questions etc.of old ways of beekeeping from the past. Pictures of equipment or anything related to days of gone by beekeeping. I will try to get some pics of my old smokers posted soon.
Where were they buying packages from? When did packages start being shipped from down south in the spring?Iddee said:Beeks in the far north would kill the bees in the fall, take all the honey and buy packages in the spring. Sulfur was burned in the smoker to kill them.
Tecumseh:I read a 1950's beekeeping book years ago. In it, a picture of a small lid, about the size of a baby jar lid, had elemental sulfur in it--about 2 tsp or a Tbsp of it. The author would put that under the lid, light it, and close the hive, letting the sulfur kill the mites. This was done in the Spring. Too much, and the hive will smell like rotten eggs, and the honey will taste like the smell. Too little and the mites aren't killed.
i meant 'when' in terms of historically- what years were the start of bringing/shipping/mailing 'packages' from south to north in the Spring? Obviously pony express wouldn't work too well in this case. lol!When did packages start being shipped from down south in the spring?