Re: What constitutes mean?
An aggressive hive will meet you at the truck 75 feet away and sting you before you have a chance to don your veil.
Inspected two of those w/ a guy one time. He didn't want to requeen them or anything. They were the best producers he had.
We have been spoiled by our docile mild tempered bees. Had we all been beekeepers when the German Black bee was common we wouldn't think that much we encounter now, short of AHB, is aggressive behavior.
But like what was posted earlier, if you find your hive mean it matters not what someone else thinks. I'm that way about dogs too. Or horses. Mean? Put it down. Don't need the agrivation.
Mark Berninghausen "To float, upheld, as salt water would hold you, once you dared." Denise Levertov, poet