Today, I checked on my bees. Some of them were irritated. Though I smoked, several came flying out of the hive with, I'm sure, some sort of vengence in mind for my bothering them. I should note here that the same thing happened two weeks ago.
The bees are Italian/Buckfast. My inital package was Italian. I chose to requeen, after the old girl got loose, with a Buckfast queen. I liked the Buckfast qualities.
Today, I didn't inspect as much as I would have liked, as they were really aggitated. Two stung me and the rest that were coming at me kept hitting me as if to drive me off. There were maybe 15 or so that were ticked enough to come at me. The rest clung to the frames, but the noise level let me know they were ticked, too.
What I did see, in both deeps, was a good brood pattern on most frames, with honey on the outer edges. This girl is a layer! One of the traits I liked.
In the upper, they have 5 frames almost fully drawn, but only a very small portion of the honey capped.
Another bit of info, it's been in the 80's and 90's here, for the past few weeks. The girls have been hanging out, on the front porch. The area they are in shades them during the hottest part of the day, but they do get sun from about 5 o'clock on.
I know the Italians and Buckfasts are known for their gentleness. So, what do you think I'm doing wrong?
Could they be too hot?
Could they be too crowded? I don't have another deep, but I do have a honey super. Should I put that on?
Any and all help you folks can offer will be greatly appreciated!