I went out to the bee yard to "just check" on my teeny tiny swarm that I captured a couple weeks back to see if the queen was laying or not. I had checked last week and thought I saw a couple of double eggs... but all was well. She's a beautiful looking queen with a good laying pattern. She just needs more bees to help her!
Anyway, while I was out there I couldn't help myself and thought I'd just peek underneath all the new swarm boxes from this year to see if they needed anything. I went to my solitary deep that is about 50 feet from all the rest of the hives (and unfortunately under shade much of the day) and as I lifted the cover there must have been some burr wax holding the cover to some frames. After lifting about an inch I felt and heard a "thump" and immediately, and I mean immediately, there were hundreds of bees at the opening of the hive looking for the culprit. I have never seen so many bees on the porch of this hive. I just closed the lid, backed away about 5 feet and stood still. They settled down in about 5 minutes without incident. I didn't proceed since I didn't have any smoke with me. They were queen right 2 weeks ago. Is this hive too defensive? Or just a bad day with bad timing? Suggestions?