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iamduvern

2nd hive arrived today

Having had my first hive for 6 months and having been stung just the once(my own fault) I collected my second hive today and got stung once getting it ready to put in the car then on arrival home and setting up managed to get stung 3 times so moral of this tale is wear the right protection

I guess all bees are not the same my first hive is very gentle I can do my inspections with nothing more than the smoker and hive tool the bees walk over my hands and have never been a threat

This latest mob seem to get the hump as soon as I go anywhere near them so from now on its veil jacket and gloves  
Lorrainelovesplants

All bees are NOT the same!

Ive got one hive of really calm girls...50,000 of them and only been stung twice...

Ive got another which was a nuc this spring, and they are little beasts and try for the hands all the time.....not been stung yet, but I like to think this is my handling.  My protegee has been stung a few timeson the hands...

I always wear protection...and wont go near them if they are cranky (weather not right etc)...
lottie

One of my hives has always been a problem--they are not just ratty but very followy as well---you have to get a long way away and check your suit carefully before you can risk removing.We requeened from a friends friendly bees last year--no improvement--they are still mad,bad and dangerous to know. Our other hives are all fine.
Lorrainelovesplants

maybe its where they are?

Ive been told not near overhead cables, not nearanimals and facing south if i can (although both are really facing east)
bodger

Change the queen
lottie

That's what someone at our bee group suggested--but we moved all our hives to the top of the field last winter and that hive was just as bad this year --we just have to make sure we check that hive last. Still the way the girls are different is part of what makes it interesting.
lottie

bodger wrote:
Change the queen

I'd already said I'd done that
bodger

Oops so you did.

One of my mates is the bee officer for our area and about ten years ago he had an extremely bad lot. ( he has somewhere in the region of 80 hives)
I once ran a pest control business and he was always very eager to take any swarms that I had reported to me. Its about ten years ago or more now, when the two of us took a nice well mannered swarm and took it to his place for hiving. As a pest controller, I some how managed never to have been stung. I was standing about 50 yards watching him hive the swarm when the bees frm another of his hives came out to get me. They chased me for a good 200 yards before stinging me on the eye lids. It was then and only then that my mate informed me that he'd been struggling with his bees being overly aggressive. He told me that he was mid way in his task of changing every queen in every hive.

With regard to changing your queen Lottie, I supose it must depend on whether the aggression is coming from the male or the female side.
lottie

We've decided to live with them--it's not as though the hives are sited near anyone now we've moved them and although they are right so and so's they are a good colony in all other respects.
beeman

Lottie,
        Just a thought, but remember the downside of your decision to keep your 'warm bloods'   is that their Drones will meet up with other peoples virgin queens and pass the trait on.
lottie

Yes I know--but it's healthy and productive as well as ratty --the good thing is we've now all winter to think about it.
edited to say--AFAIK no-one else within at least a 2 mile  radius of here keeps bees--the alternative  therapy centre near us has a feral colony in the roof[ I think they are a swarm of mine that got lost when I was ill ]  and we have seen native bees they keep telling us aren't about any more. This is an underpopulated area and I know no one in either the local welsh or english speaking bee groups keeps bees near me.

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