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Linda0318
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« on: June 04, 2011, 10:20:01 PM »

Hello Everyone,

This is our second year trying to raise bees.  Last year we had one hive and unfortunately the queen died. They were very gentle bees though. This year we have two hives that we received a week ago. They are very aggressive and have been stung several times. They will not let us near them with out attacking. Any suggestions or reasons why they are behaving like this?
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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2011, 10:42:38 PM »

If they don't settle down within a week more, requeen them with queens from the northern states.
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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2011, 10:46:37 PM »

You are using smoke I hope.
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2011, 08:28:05 AM »

I have less experience than you. Please do not take me seriously.

My small experience is starting to tell me that sometimes there is a concrete reason for mean bees. My most recent experience was due to robbing starting in my hives, but did not show itself for at least two days. Earlier this year when my bees got mean, I watched and found herons manning the hives during the day and eating them. I hung aluminum pie plates to scare them away. Even earlier, my bees had another mean streak and I found 'coons raiding bees at night. I set rat traps to run them off.

My experiences will be nothing like yours. Seek your own path.

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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2011, 08:46:24 AM »

You are using smoke I hope.

That's what I was going to ask.  I split a hive on June 1 without smoke.  I made the bees very angry.  This morning (June 5) I went out to watch the hive and I was again attacked by a guard.  This has happened every day since I worked the hive.  If you make them angry, they can stay that way for some time.  Use smoke.
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2011, 03:12:21 PM »

God is amazing.   Giving just a little smoke the ability to tame bees.
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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2011, 03:56:11 PM »

If they don't settle down within a week more, requeen them with queens from the northern states.
If the two new hives were packages, or even if they were nucs the queen with them may not be their mother so requeening may not be needed.
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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2011, 05:55:01 PM »

You're right, Sterling. I forgot that some nuc suppliers don't supply the mother to the nuc.
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« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2011, 06:43:48 PM »

robbing, predators aggravating them, not having time to settle before you bug them, lack of forage/feed, all things to consider and correct before spending money on new queens.
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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2011, 08:00:07 PM »

 Thank you everyone for your info.  We actually went down to them last night and there were only 1 or 2 that got a little feisty.  We could actually see them flying in with pollen on their legs.  That was a good sign. I have one other question, when should I remove the entrance reducer?
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