Re: Gentle Queens, are They a Myth?
All my bees were calm when they were nucs, even the ones i made from so called "hot" hives. As they hives grew, they became a little more testy. My handling most likely had something to do with it, along with the summer dearth, etc. Saturday, I ran into the calmest hive I have seen so far. Nothing I did seemed to upset them. That includes using an impact drill to screw in a board to the openinig of their hive, using a stapler to staple a screen to the board, and then shoving a piece of PVC pipe into their entrance. Not a bump or even a buzz bomb run. Just bees being bees. Very pleasant.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.