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  1. #1
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    Default Aggressive Bees in an Old Hive

    I have inherited a hive that is three boxes high. The previous keeper hasn't work them in at least 18 months. I tried to check them, but when I pulled the top box to take some of the honey, the bees became very aggressive. I was handling it, but because the boxes hadn't worked in some time, the frames were stuck in the boxes. The longer I poked and pulled, the madder the bees got. The frames actually started to come apart I was putting so much pressure on them. I finally gave up and put everything back together before running out of there with thousands of bees in hot pursuit. So, I can't get the honey out, and I get to the queen. Please help with any ideas. Thanks.
    Last edited by Bunkerville Bee Keeper; 11-30-2012 at 11:22 PM.

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    Default Re: Aggressive Bees in an Old Hive

    Don't work hives in Winter?? Of course they're gonna be nasty now.

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    Default Re: Aggressive Bees in an Old Hive

    Also, if it is warmer... or downright hot, things should come apart a little bit easier. I'm not sure what the temps are in NV right now, but I'm sure it'll get warmer in the Spring. Try again then.
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    Default Re: Aggressive Bees in an Old Hive

    That does make sense. It does get very hot here. I'll wait. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Aggressive Bees in an Old Hive

    Thx.

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    Default Re: Aggressive Bees in an Old Hive

    Quote Originally Posted by JRG13 View Post
    Don't work hives in Winter?? Of course they're gonna be nasty now.
    Of course? I'm still very new at this. I'm still in 101. Thanks for the advice.

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    Default Re: Aggressive Bees in an Old Hive

    did u smoke them at all? Another thing, is you don't really want to break all the seals on the hive now either, keep em closed up.

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    Default Re: Aggressive Bees in an Old Hive

    Quote Originally Posted by JRG13 View Post
    did u smoke them at all? Another thing, is you don't really want to break all the seals on the hive now either, keep em closed up.
    I did use smoke. Further, it is still so warm here that I didn't think that opening the box would be an issue. I really don't want to lose this hive, so I will wait until next late spring when we are back to our hot temps before I try to look at it again. Otherwise, I'm going to start a new hive. Do you buy bees, and if so, where?

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    Default Re: Aggressive Bees in an Old Hive

    Quote Originally Posted by Bunkerville Bee Keeper View Post
    Do you buy bees, and if so, where?
    Unless you are withing driving distance of someone selling bees, most people buying bees will have them shipped (USPS or UPS). If they are getting shipped, then you have a lot of potential vendors. Many will start taking reservations/orders sometime in December.

    One place to look for bees is on Beesource, either the display ads on the right side of the page, or in the For Sale forum.

    If you are not a member of a local bee club, see if you can find one. Many clubs will place a group order for bees, usually at a good price, and this may also assist in the transportation issue.
    Graham
    -- The real problem is not precise language, it's clear language. - Richard Feynman

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    Default Re: Aggressive Bees in an Old Hive

    Is springtime when you have lots of wildflowers blooming out there in Nevada? You'll find the bees are generally a lot nicer when there's a flow on. And, since the bees will be out working, there will be less of them at home to give you a hard time.

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