Well, I've finally bought all my beekeeper teacher's supplies, woodenware and his 7 hives. I haven't moved the hives yet--waiting for a couple of good (at least 60 degrees) days in a row, so I can close them up the night before and move them the next morning. Went to the strawberry fields where 5 of the 7 hives are located to feed them (I've got a Miller feeder sitting in the field. Don't have enough to put a feeder on every hive and I was afraid of robbing). The bees were bouncing off my car before I even got out--thankfully, I had brought my veil (I don't usually). When I got out of the car, they were all over me. Fortunately, I was still in my early morning attire--sweatshirt and jeans--so they couldn't do much harm but one did manage to get me on the wrist. Of the five hives, one looks like it's a deadout, two had a few bees buzzing around and the other two were just covered in bees. I took the outer cover off the feeder which had been totally sucked dry. By that time, it was getting worse, so I walked about 100 yards away. Some of them followed me the full distance. I gathered my courage, turned around, walked back to the feeder, filled it, put the cover on and walked in the other direction about 100 yards (couldn't get back in my car--would've brought hundreds of bees with me!). 100 yards out, I just stood there motionless until they got bored and left. As soon as I started to move, a few came back, but I was able to get in my car beeless and drive away. I helped requeen these hives in the fall and they were by no means aggressive. And my previous visits to feed them were entirely uneventful (it was colder, though, and only a few were flying). The only thing I can figure, judging from the empty feeder and the two mobbed hives, is that there was robbing frenzy going on and their attack on me was to protect their hive. Sound logical to you guys? For sure I don't plan on letting that feeder run dry again, but I sure am dreading my next visit! Needless to say, I didn't check the "deadout" hive.