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Offline _Brenda_

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How long will bees stay riled up?
« on: April 29, 2008, 01:33:19 PM »
I was thinking of checking my queen today, to see if she's been released.
Stupid young cat, thinks grabbing bees is fun thing to do, and he got a few after him. He'll learn. ;)
I put him up, now how long should I wait for them to settle back down, before I access the hive?
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Re: How long will bees stay riled up?
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2008, 01:38:24 PM »
Beekeeping for beginners  says EHB will stay riled up for 23 mins. I guess that could be a very general number I think it more depends on the hive. I HAD one hive that stayed riled up for well over an hour, they are gone now :evil:, some of my  other hives 10  15 mins at most then they are back to normal

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Re: How long will bees stay riled up?
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2008, 01:43:56 PM »
How long has it been since you put her in?
Is this an old colony or a new package?
I'd say wait till tomorrow.doak

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Re: How long will bees stay riled up?
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2008, 01:49:12 PM »
New package. I hived them last thursday.
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Re: How long will bees stay riled up?
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2008, 02:17:33 PM »
Should be ok to go ahead after a couple hours.
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Re: How long will bees stay riled up?
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2008, 02:21:29 PM »
Personally I would give them a full week to really settle into the hive before looking in there again.
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Re: How long will bees stay riled up?
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2008, 01:21:02 PM »
If you are just talking about being upset that a cat was catching them... a few minutes and a puff of smoke.  Not too big of a deal.

But you should get in there soon just to check the queen and remove the cage.  If you left a frame out they will draw comb in that empty slot really quick.  And if the queen's loose lay it up, and it is hard to take out a big comb full of brood. :roll:

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Re: How long will bees stay riled up?
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2008, 01:37:28 PM »
I went in today. It was a much better day. Bees were pretty calm, queen was released. I removed some burr comb, and slid the frames together as best I could. The center frames were covered with bees pretty thick. I presume the queen was in there although I couldn't see her, with so many bees.
I did see they were drawing comb on the frames, had some beginnings of nectar (probably syrup), saw some with pollen of their legs.
Overall, it went well.
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Re: How long will bees stay riled up?
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2008, 07:57:30 AM »
>Beekeeping for beginners  says EHB will stay riled up for 23 mins.

Wow!  That sounds pretty specific.  :)
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Re: How long will bees stay riled up?
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2008, 12:46:41 AM »
     I've had them settle down as I watched (hive was open the whole time).  Worked easy and no problems.  If I picked a bad day they stayed riled for a bit then settled.  Guards were up later that day but never more than buzzed the head.  Just depends on type of day, flow/no flow or what kind of a klutz I am at the time, and all tied together.
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