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This method was adapted from Dr. C. C. Miller’s “50 Years Among the Bees.” It is my variation on his chapter called “Increasing 9 Weak Colonies to 56.” I did it this way because I did not have 9 colonies, only 1. But if you have more than 1 and want to increase, you can do a better job if you follow Dr. Miller’s chapter more closely. He did it in the year 1899 in a village north of Chicago.
If you read his book, keep in mind the time frame. He is not necessarily working with all Langstroth hives yet. They were very expensive and a lot of people were still making their own “box hives.” So if something doesn’t make sense to you, maybe you are picturing using a modern hive while he might not be using one.
You can download a pdf of the book at http://www.soilandhealth.org/03sov/0302hsted/030208miller/030408miller.pdf