Bee Attack


Whew. I did the cutout on the water cooler hive that Frank and I took to my apiary.

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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