Which Came First? The Bee or the Egg?
I discovered the following article some time
back in the Brimfield News, an Illinois newspaper, while researching
my family history. I believe this article was published some time
in the 1890's. I hope The Buzz readers enjoy it as much as I did.
Tim Laughlin, Past President
Henry Decker, of Rome, O., by repeated tests
has demonstrated that a setting of eggs may be successfully hatched
within an ordinary beehive as the incubator. As more than a dozen
eggs can be cared for at a time it is claimed that one hive can
be made to do the work of eight hens and also produce 100 pounds
of honey annually. Dr. Decker, who had previously used an incubator,
one day while handling a swarm of bees observed that the temperature
within the hive was similar to that of his incubator. His supposition
was later verified by placing a thermometer in the hive, and comparing
the temperature with that of the incubator. Thereupon he placed
twenty eggs in the upper section of the hive, separating them
from the working apartments of the bees by a cotton cloth. Around
the sides a cushion made from a quilt was placed, and over the
eggs another cushion. Eighteen of the twenty eggs were hatched.
- Scientific American