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Advice and/or help please
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Hi all,I joined this forum so I could get some help.I have a single hive about 3 years old in the NE heights.  I haven't bothered them much only harvesting honey a couple times a year so they could…Continue

Tags: angry, aggressive, agitated

Started this discussion. Last reply by Buckner Creel 13 hours ago.

 

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Buckner Creel replied to Gene Apodaca's discussion Advice and/or help please
"Gene,      If there's no queen, and thus little brood to tend, the bees will go out and forage and get supplies, making new comb.  You won't know if there's no queen unless there's no sign of eggs.  …"
13 hours ago
Gene Apodaca replied to Gene Apodaca's discussion Advice and/or help please
"HI again.  I returned from my trip to find my hive still heavily populated so I was encouraged they either still have or replaced their queen.  It has been several weeks since I last opened the hive before getting in there again this…"
13 hours ago
Gene Apodaca replied to Gene Apodaca's discussion Advice and/or help please
"Thank you for the help.  I'll check the hive thoroughly as soon as I can after returning.  If the hive is meant to survive, I guess the bees will make it happen.  My wife and I are leaving in a few hours and, tempted as I am,…"
Sep 3
Buckner Creel replied to Gene Apodaca's discussion Advice and/or help please
"Something I forgot.  When you go to look through the hive, and the queen is dead or they wanted to replace her, the bees may have been able to make an emergency or supercedure queen cell.  Look for emergency queen cells as a peanut shaped…"
Sep 2
Buckner Creel replied to Gene Apodaca's discussion Advice and/or help please
"We don't look for the queen directly; that's a bonus.  What we look for is standing up fresh eggs.  That indicates the queen was laying eggs within the last 2(?) days, and odds are she's probably still alive in the…"
Sep 2
Gene Apodaca replied to Gene Apodaca's discussion Advice and/or help please
"Hi, Thanks for answering.  I have not pulled out any of the brood comb so couldn't say if we have a queen or not.  But this does lead to more questions.  My wife and I are leaving town Monday for a couple of weeks so won't…"
Sep 2
Buckner Creel replied to Gene Apodaca's discussion Advice and/or help please
"This sounds like they're defensive from being queenless.  We've had a hive or two go like this when they didn't have a queen (weren't queenright), then settled back down once we installed a new queen, she had lain eggs and…"
Sep 2
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Advice and/or help please

Hi all,I joined this forum so I could get some help.I have a single hive about 3 years old in the NE heights.  I haven't bothered them much only harvesting honey a couple times a year so they could establish nicely.I got in the hive in April and had no problems but last week, I experienced something different altogether.The bees seemed to be agitated and taught me where the flaws in my suit were.  I harvested a couple of combs but the bees were doing their best to get at me so I got scared…See More
Sep 2
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Novice, less than 2 years with a single hive in the city.
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My bee hives are primarily located here (ZIP code):
87111
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gene.apodaca@gmail.com

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