Monday, September 05, 2011

Angry Bees


Two of the seven hives I worked today were absolutely awful. I've worked hot hives before, but these two hives were relentless. They got really stirred up. I expect this reaction to a lesser extent when I'm pulling honey off the hives. I work as quickly and as gently as possible. The other hives were fine, but these two had bees that just boiled out and hundreds of bees were bumping me and stinging my bee suit. A couple were even able to sting me through the bee suit.

I now have 50 frames of honey stowed away. I left another 50 frames on the hives because they weren't ready to be harvested yet. I am not looking forward to addressing those two hives again. Maybe I pull that honey at night when the bees don't fly.

5 Comments:

Blogger darev2005 said...

Yikes. I don't think I could handle that. Yikes again.

Is there a point right before or after sundown when they settle in? And would they still fly if you had a light on? I thought you guys used smoke or something to calm them down. And (heh heh) maybe you should try a different kind of smoke, eh?

7:54 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

There is a point where smoke starts pissing them off.

5:05 AM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

Ooo.. Gotcha. Ixnay on the okesmay. Check.

6:20 AM  
Anonymous dalia said...

you know, I find it awesome that you do this.

1:03 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

It is pretty cool...most of the time.

4:15 PM  

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