Since you have skunks in your area, just raise the hive up a little to make the skunk raise his belly off the ground while he is bothering the hive. It is his weak spot and the bees know how to teach him a lesson.
Yeah it already was on a stand, so maybe that was not the problem. Who knows.
I made a new stand yesterday and it is around 12" off the ground at the new spot. The new spot is 15+ miles away.
So I went out there today to check on them. I decided to go ahead and split the 2 boxes and brought a new top & bottom. As soon as I opened the lid things went crazy! I thought I had opened a hornets nest. I can't even begin to describe how things went, but it was like nothing I want to experience again. Luckily I had my pant legs taped up and I put a pair of work gloves over my light lambskin gloves.
When I finished I still had bees chasing me 300 yards away. I looked at my gloves and there are stingers on at least every inch of the leather.
I called my contact person who has queens and I will be picking up 2 of them tomorrow.
The current situation is the 2 deep boxes are now single deeps next to each other. The old queen is on the left, no queen on the right.
Since I have always raised my own queens, I'm not sure if I should have pinched the queen today or? I don't think I could have dealt with any more than what I did splitting them, that was a chore.
My plan is to get the Queens at 10am and be at the yard at 11, find the queen, pinch her, and hang a queen in each box.
Is there another way to do this or does it sound like I am on the right track?
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