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Sunday, August 14, 2005

What Happened to my Gentle Bees?

Well, I said I would try to get some pictures of my queen right, well, I couldn't. I couldn't even spend the time to look for her. I'll tell you how it went...I had gotten on all my gear and lit the smoker. All my smoker fuel was missing so I had to run around the yard and pick up pine needles. I collected all that I could and lit them as usual. I approached my hive, smoked them and then came a different reaction. Instead of heading into the colony to gorge on honey they flew up into my face and I had several land on my veil. I popped the cover, as hundreds flew arround me, and smoked the super. There was a buzz louder than I've ever heard from my bees but I continued. I looked in the super and not a frame had been drawn. A little disapointed, I tried to take it off and lifted the entire hive! They had completely propolized it in a week. Now I had to pry it off with my hive tool but, just to get between the supers I ended up prying them apart with a *SNAP* and in the beekeeping world this is a BIG mistake. Once I got it off I smoked them and then found that the frames were heavely propolized to the sides. Even worse, they had built alot of bridge comb so when I moved the frame the bees lost about a quarter cup of honey. After I removed two frames I had been pumping my smoke so hard that if flamed and I had to stop and snuff the fire. Unfortunetly, that at up all the fuel I had in the smoker and the smoke went out in about two minutes. Completely out of smoke I removed one frame flipped it over, it looked fine, placed it back and then I looked at my left hand. I had five stings in the leather. Not one got through but it told my that the bees were to hot today to be worked. I closed up shop after only examining three frames. I think my major mistake is that 10:30 has become too early and there were way to many bees in the hive then. I should have waited until 1:00pm. The hive's population is boooming and I'm hoping that they'll draw out the foundation in the super this week. Oh, and, one more note, I did a drone cut style of varroa inspection and found that my brood don't have varroa. Or, at least, there is only voarroa in 0/100 cells.

8 Comments:

Blogger j00|{z said...

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6:17 PM, August 14, 2005  
Blogger j00|{z said...

At least you had your gloves on.

6:17 PM, August 14, 2005  
Blogger The Beekeeper said...

I think I found out why they were so agressive. Only an hour after I opened the hive there was a sever storm. The sky was clear but I think the bees could detect what I couldn't.

6:33 PM, August 14, 2005  
Blogger G4st said...

Intense story.
Have you sampled any honey yet?

12:06 AM, August 15, 2005  
Blogger The Beekeeper said...

I have sampled a little( I liked it off my glove when I finished). I've got to say, no honey is as good as that from your own bees. There was a little pollen in it, however, so there was a slight bitterness. I won't be able to get my first harvest untill about May. Even then, it's going to be a chalenge seperating 60,000 bees from their "El Derado" of honey.

7:21 PM, August 15, 2005  
Blogger FrankieMan said...

at least you had your gloves on...
wow, i couldnt imagine being around 100's of bee's at once.....

5:51 PM, August 17, 2005  
Blogger The Beekeeper said...

No...not 100s...THOUDANDS!

6:20 PM, August 19, 2005  
Blogger Shaak Ti said...

Thoudands?

8:21 PM, August 19, 2005  

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