Just a few thoughts for your consideration.
Oh, you mean they were trying to defend what was theirs?Veil back on, I finish with that hive, work two more, and then get to "that one" the mean one. Those bees are a little darker in colour than my other hives. And these ones, while they weren't stinging, were not putting up with me opening the hive.
I have found that the stronger colonies are always more defensive, higher numbers, more guard bees.The good news is, they are nice and strong!
Did they respond to the smoke? Maybe next time just smoke the strong colonies first. Early in the year, when the populations are lower, I often will feed them without protective clothing, hmmm, but then when I get to the really strong ones I will pay the price, and I remember them the next time, and give them a puff or two of smoke; and think, boy they have a vigorous, virle productive queen, methinks I will use this one to do some requeening [I want that type of genetics in my colony, they don't like to be robbed, and I don't either].I had to get the darn smoker out and spend 10 minutes lighting the darn thing... just to smoke them enough to pop the feeder off the top.
WOW, seems like some go getters, kind I would like to have in my apiary.Of course, these ones are mean, but they are also one of the more productive hives in the yard. A split last spring produced lots of honey last fall... when most beek's in the area didn't get much honey at all.
Or maybe offer that productive queen to someone who will put up with her excess honey production.Maybe I'll just put up with them.
Wow, I bet these were gentle when you checked them :lpf:. To bad you can't use them to requeen that productive colony :scratch::doh:.I'd love to re-queen them,
The one that died... was weak. Small cluster ran out of stores. (would have had to break the cluster to get more).
Me too, GOOD IDEA!Maybe I'll just put up with them.