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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 Sep 27.

 

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Buckner Creel replied to Gene Apodaca's discussion Advice and/or help please
"I think the stinging/activity yesterday was because we had the hive open for such a long time, and that the smoker fuel wasn't smoking.  It took a while to tidy up, deal with the cross combing and honey-harvest the wonky/fallen comb. …"
Sep 27
Gene Apodaca replied to Gene Apodaca's discussion Advice and/or help please
"Thank you.  That's an option we are keeping open for the Spring.  I'm afraid it might be a bit late to try that before Winter.  My hive is still a bit hot and two of us were stung yesterday trying to check it out. "
Sep 27
Camille Cunningham replied to Gene Apodaca's discussion Advice and/or help please
"We've had that problem in the past with overly aggressive worker bees. I'm not sure of the reasons why this happens but we had to requeen our hive. We were told by our mentor to requeen them. What we ended up doing is transporting our hive…"
Sep 27
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.  …"
Sep 24
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…"
Sep 24
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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