Re: Over-confidence, or over-stupid? (smoking bees)
I only smoke aggressive hives - which have been rare of late. "To smoke, or not" is a bit of a hot topic. Many swear by it. I worked 10 hives last week (no smoke), in similar conditions that you describe. It was mid day, and they were busy & oblivious. I removed feeder shims & scraped a little burr comb from frame tops. It turns out I COULD have done it without my CV jacket, but I'd rather be safe than foolish - 'just me. I ALWAYS slip on my veil jacket when working the bees - you just NEVER know when they are going to go from meek to monster.
Originally Posted by Lightswitch
If you want to work your bees without protection, some smoke will reduce the risk. If you want to work your bees without smoke, some protection will reduce the risk. I'd recommend one or the other in most cases.
Last edited by Colobee; 04-19-2016 at 05:53 PM.
After 40 years of beekeeping, I've come to realize that the bees can fix most of my mistakes.