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hughesy

Angry Bees

After looking through our four hives on sunday we took some honey off but left a very full super on one of the hives intending to take it off last night. When I went to remove it the bees were pretty feisty and stung me a few times and as there were still a lot of bees in the super I left it. Went back this morning and as soon as I opened the hive they went nuts. I must have had a few thousand bees all trying to sting me, to the point where I had to chuck the roof back on and make a hasty retreat. Never seen them like that before. Got stung about twenty times, through my suit and even through the leather part of my gloves. Not nice and I still haven't got the bdooly honey!
sandrar

Oh  nasty. We had a hive a couple of years ago similar in temperament. Roared when you opened the hive and also followed. We moved them to a disused quarry on a friends farm and pretty much left them to it. They have since re -queened and are much calmer. They work like crazy and we've just taken 45lbs of honey from then.

It's getting a balance between bees with a bit of attitude as they appear to work harder to lovely quiet hives which are too laid back but angry hives are just unworkable.

Hope you're OK with the stings.
hughesy

Thanks sandrar yes I'm fine. I don't react badly it's a good job! You're right about the hives though the angry one is by far the most productive. I'm putting it down to the weather for now I'll leave them alone for a few days then suit up and try again.
sandrar

It is quite thundery here - hopefully that's the reason. Good luck.
Pembroke

Not necessary to go through your hives this time of year, the flow is on so they won't be swarming. All they're interested in is getting as much nectar in as possible for the coming winter and all you really need to do is keep putting empty supers on. Best time to do that is midday if possible when most of the flying bees are out foraging.

If you do have feisty bees, try to obtain some bee tobacco (not honey flavoured tobacco but offcuts from cigar making) although this is quite hard to come by these days. it does have a calming effect on the hive. I've also seen a website suggesting lavender as a smoker fuel might have the same effect.

http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/smofuel.html

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