Re: What constitutes mean?
I checked 21 of my 26 hives Tuesday. Clear, sunny day, very light breeze, temp 51 degrees when I got to the last set of 5. First hive was hot...when they started hitting my veil after using smoke, I decided to put on the gloves. 2 of the 5 were as gentle as could be, no boiling over, hitting veil, stinging gloves. The other three were basically all over me as long as I had the hive open. So I only examined the top box on each hive, tipped it to see if I could ascertain brood in top box. All hives full of bees, honey, pollen, etc. etc.
However, I can work those hives in the summertime without gloves. But last spring they behaved the same way. From those three hives, looks like I got over 25 stings in my gloves. Nothing penetrated... rest of the hives gave me only 5 stings total on my bare hands. Were those three mean? You betcha! Will I requeen? We'll see how they behave when the weather warms up later this spring.
Oh, and as I walked away, the bees hitting my veil started returning the hives. By the time I was 20' away, no bees around me. One hive was a Purvis queen, one a B. Weaver queen, the other a B. Weaver mutt (a walk-away split last year). The other two gentle hives - 1 a B. Weaver mutt, the other a B. Weaver queen. I don't mind putting up with hives like those 3, as long as they produce bumper honey crops.
Last edited by honeyman46408; 03-03-2011 at 01:30 PM.
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