hello...this is my first interaction w/ this forum. Ive allready had many questions answerwd by checking in daily
my partner (dan)and I purchased 2 complete hives, and two nukes, from Lagrants bees in Ware Ma. on the 22 of may. we have been feeding since,
and have had the hives open for inspection/ cleaning twice.
The last time (late yesterday afternoon) my wife and I went to add honey super and do some more cleaning (burr comb and excess stuff off bottom of frames etc.)......I learned some interesting things not to do.
first.. dont work your bees at ,or just before, dusk(to many bees in hive
second... not everything makes good smoker fuel...we ran low on pine shavings so i through some dried cornstalk /hay material in...all it did was make them mad...anyone had similar experience..?
third...dont have nervouse children around...to many histamines or whatever being released. fourth ...check the weather!
beecause what ensued was chaotic...to many upset bees on frames...hostile gard bees (got stung twice through heavy gloves)...this made operation more difficult...Something told me to call the operation off til we had more time ,but being male and needing to get something done
I pushed on. then two hours later it started raing..(this cant be good for bees trying to get out of grass and return to hive) more bees perished than need bee.. ifelt very bad .love my bees and hate it when they die. i wont do it again.Got frustrated and through down my hive tool(what a baby)
question...is it ok to gently shake bees of frames before cleaning..and what of the queens? if she falls off will she get back to the hive?we havent seen them yet but know they are in hives because brood looks good.I hope i didnt hurt queens other night... appreciate comments,constuctive critsism,
etc....thanks and God bless......mike b