Bee Attack

2010
07.07

Whew. I did the cutout on the water cooler hive that Frank and I took to my apiary.  Took about 2 hours.  In the last half hour the bees got real angry, which is abnormal, normally they have the wind taken out of their sails by then.  Then they launched a full bore attack. I took about 20 stings through my beesuit before I had to retreat to the truck. Years ago I got in the habit to leave my keys in the ignition and the truck unlocked just in case. Finally, years later, I had to use the truck for safety.  I got home and had welts all over, I was a sad sight in the mirror.

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Needless to say, I’ll be pinching that bitch of a queen when I find her next, then killing off the queen cells for 4 days. After that I’ll give them a frame of eggs from a milder hive.

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The good news is the hive had dozens of pounds of honey. I crushed and strained mine, and saved Frank’s honeycomb for him to do the same.  I think I should get a little more as I took the brunt of the attack to get our honey.

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2 Responses to “Bee Attack”

  1. Ron says:

    I feel your pain on the stings, though not to that extent, I only got 10 or so, and only on my knees. I did my first cutout a couple of weeks from under a house, and man was that a beating!!! I was mistaken to think a cutout under a house would be easy. It looked the size of a basketball at first glance, but to my surprise it grew about 10 fold after I started cutting, so after 7 hours, 20 bars of brood, 4 buckets of honey comb giving 3 gallons of gold, I threw in the towel, licked my wounds and left. So I’m going back in the morning to finish the rest, and to my surprise during my inspection this evening, it appears that the hive a been successfully split. I counted 10 queen cells in the cutout top bar hive, (didn’t get the queen the first time) and the original hive is rebuilding. Thanks for all you videos, If not for those, I’d never have had the balls to try. Thanks, Ron

  2. Chick says:

    haha. 3 years ago, I helped a friend move his hives. He hd 18 to move. I had got out of bees, at that time, and all I had was my veil and gloves. Denim shirt and bluejeans. He had 3 especially hot hives, and when I pulled the entrance blocks, they boiled out. By the time I pulled the 3rd one, I knew I was in trouble. I was covered. I ran out of the apiary, into the pasture. My friend came up with the truck and I would not get in the cab, but jumped in the back and told him to take off. I was raking bees off of me, the whole time. When he stopped I jumped in the cab. Even though, I did not have a bee suit on, I could only count about 30 stings. I had several pounds of bees on me, at one point. If I had not had a long sleeve tee shirt on, underneath the denim shirt, I’m sure the outcome would have been different.

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