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Offline jxbeeman

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« on: May 23, 2005, 08:03:04 AM »
i was just curious about what people consider a mean hive.  i guess what my question is  is this how many stings would be considered mean.  i took out a hive out of a house on Saturday and aquired 15 + stings.  part of that was that it wasn't totally nice out.  i figured i better get it out because i have a line waiting for removal.  anyway just got a few stings and was pondering what most people consider mean.  thanks

Offline Miss Chick-a-BEE

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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2005, 02:35:49 PM »
I guess I wouldn't consider a hive mean unless when coming after me they just wouldn't quit. When ever I have upset one of my hives, if I walk away for a minute, they just stop following me and settle down. My husband got stung in the glove probably 60 times while scooping a hive off a tree. So amount of stings wouldn't determine it for me personally.

Beth

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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2005, 11:37:59 AM »
Also, if they do it on a pretty regular basis.  If a hive stings me a few times every time I inspect it, even in good weather, I think that's a mean hive!

Offline firetool

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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2005, 11:55:25 AM »
I would agree with Beth. I have a hive that if I don't smoke them they will fallow me for about 125 yards.When I smoke them they are much better behaved and only fallow me for 30 yards or so.I do plan on requeening them in the spring though.

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Offline thegolfpsycho

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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2005, 12:42:06 PM »
Your going to wait a whole year to requeen them?  Fall queens are usually reasonably priced and abundant.  With the added benefit of IMO, fewer bad matings.  More consistent weather and all.  125 yards is a long way to be bobbin and weavin.

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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2005, 11:58:45 AM »
If I had mean bees, and if I couldn't come up with a queen, I'd get rid of the old one.  Her daughters offspring are unlikely to be worse and most likely will be better, but it's late enough you should be able to buy a queen reasonably now.

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Offline Barny

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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2005, 01:07:50 PM »
Yes Micheal it does take the fun out, but not the excitement!

Offline lively Bee's

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« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2005, 02:31:33 AM »
My "mean" Hive would attack any thing that moved over the hive your gloves, hive tool, smoker etc...  This came about after I let them requeen there self.  So they now have a New queen and all is nice and clam