Hello all -
Just wanted to pass along some frustration. I have a hive that has been recently queen-less, consequently they've become uber aggressive. The new queen is in and working her way out of the cage but this can't seem to happen soon enough. She has been in since Saturday - yesterday I poked a small hole in the candy entrance. Today, had a look into the hive and still she and her attendants are in their cage. UGH. I think if they're not out by this after noon I'm going to take a drill bit and gently remove the rest of the candy.
The problem with this hives is that I cant get close enough to see if the bees are bringing in pollen or what the hell they're doing without a veil on. This sucks since to me this is the best part of beekeeping, watching the bees work. Needless to say I am so sick of being stung it's not even funny. Two more today - one on the left temple, next on the opposite ear, and the last on the outside of my right hand. UGH!
Once the new queen takes over roughly how long until this hive calms down? I have to say if all bees were this way I would stop keeping them!