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« Reply #20 on: July 29, 2006, 03:53:07 AM »

Old beekeeper's adage: Hot weather, Hot Bees.  
The crankiness comes from the fact that the bees have switched modes.  They are now in a pre-winter mode where they want to maximize stores and remove excess or useless mouths.  Now is when you should start seeing drone kill off and a gradual reduction in the amount of brood being reared.  The brood chambers will shrink in size and be filled in with honey.
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« Reply #21 on: July 29, 2006, 05:44:04 AM »

some people use artificial light to fool chickens into thinking that the day length hasnt shortened thereby getting them to continue laying. i dont reckon this would work with bees......
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« Reply #22 on: July 29, 2006, 01:03:48 PM »

http://www.bushfarms.com/beesrequeeninghot.htm
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« Reply #23 on: July 30, 2006, 01:32:17 AM »

>>some people use artificial light to fool chickens into thinking that the day length hasnt shortened thereby getting them to continue laying. i dont reckon this would work with bees......
 
No once their outside the hive the lights go out.  I wonder if a miniturized miners helmet would work?  Or would they then be called Fireflys?
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« Reply #24 on: August 02, 2006, 08:02:04 AM »

Your scenario sounds like the one I had while trying to place a wet super back on a hive. This hive normally has a very good disposition. The other two hives were their normal selves while placing wet supers. I am going to wait another week or so and attempt an inspection.
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« Reply #25 on: August 02, 2006, 08:42:02 AM »

i hope its only coincidence that we both live in VA. my 'encounter' was one week ago today and i am also going to wait another week before attempting another. hopefully by then it will be cooler...the weather and the hive.
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« Reply #26 on: August 03, 2006, 09:44:19 PM »

Everything I have read says to requeen in your situation. Is your queen marked?
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« Reply #27 on: August 04, 2006, 01:18:46 AM »

Requeening does not cure proddiness due to weather conditions.  Hot muggy weather makes bees proddy.  Increased ion in the atmosphere prior to a thunder or electrical storm does the same thing.
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« Reply #28 on: August 04, 2006, 06:16:23 AM »

ruben-yes my queen as originally installed is marked. the next time i tear apart that hive i will try to find her.
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