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we have a mean hive. Need to figure out which one and requeen it.
Interesting. Just changing out the queen will quiet the hive down? How 'mean' is it?
 
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Interesting. Just changing out the queen will quiet the hive down? How 'mean' is it?
Out of the 15 hives in our back yard, one or two or all (most likely not all) are being aggressive. By that I mean if we are out on the deck, in the front yard, working on the pond, grooming plants, we end up with guard bees buzzing around our heads, then they come in for a sting, sometimes. My yorkie was on the deck just laying in the sun one flew up and stung her. She is allergic to them, we keep prednisone to throw down her throat the moment she is stung.

I was mowing, far from the hives, a few weeks ago. I had 5 sting me at once, never have had that happen before. Chin, neck, nose, head, back of neck.

We have had a aggressive issue since February. Been making excuses, early brood up, lack of nectar, etc. That sting to Missy did it. We are also tired of being chased in the yard.

When you re-queen the hives temperament will change. The queen drives it. Most of the queens we have now are home grown, i.e. the hives have, over time, replaced the original queen. One or two of those queens got some nasty genes from a drone they mated with. It will take some time, need to wait for the current workers to die off as they are replaced with the new ones.
Sometimes just putting in a new queen with new phenomes, will calm a hive.

We are waiting to pull the rest of the honey supers, which makes it easier to work the hives. Then we will do a test on each hive, the same day. Slight smoke, wait a few moments, then open the hive see if they come swarming out, if so = aggression. If not they get a good mark. Usually the bees just sort of watch you, they don't come swarming out to surround your face, or start hitting the veil trying to get in.

I have been stung this year more than any others.
 
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Life is funny! I remember being incredibly captivated by your garden and ponds when I was posting here a couple of years ago (and not a little bit jealous!), and now out of nowhere I find myself with a huge project like this on my hand... how exciting!
 

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Life is funny! I remember being incredibly captivated by your garden and ponds when I was posting here a couple of years ago
Now I get to be captivated by your build! While sitting on butt! sort of
 
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WOW @addy1 , your pond(s) are absolutely gorgeous! I was impressed by the "pond build thread" but the end result is even more impressive. I couldn't do the bees though as my wife is allergic and she would be dead in no time. :dead: :(
 

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I really need to update both threads, time just seems to fly.
WOW @addy1 , your pond(s) are absolutely gorgeous! I was impressed by the "pond build thread" but the end result is even more impressive. I couldn't do the bees though as my wife is allergic and she would be dead in no time. :dead: :(
Thanks, it was a lot of work, not sure I could do it again.
 
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Our hot tub broke last winter. We tried to fix it, but never could leaks just kept showing up in the lines. They did not leak if the motors were not running.

We finally went and bought a new tub. We do love our hot tub.

Dear hubby said hang onto it and make a hot tub pond. We had the company remove it from the deck and place it on the concrete patio. So it was added to the pond (conglomeration)

Removal from the deck.
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Tossed some water in it, a few lilies and let it sit until I had time to work on it.
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Added more lilies, plants, 9 fish I hardly ever see, fantails.
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The lilies started blooming

The mayla beautifut bright red/pink the one next to it not sure what kind. But it opened later than the mayla and is still open at 5:19pm.
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The mayla closed the other still open
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Water willow blooming beautifully
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Just beautiful @addy1 !

That peach flower looks like my Colorado lily - it changes color as it ages.
I have Colorado, usually pink pink flowers and multiples. If it Colorado I need to move it out of the hot tub pond, that plant gets huge.

I have the pink and the cream in one pot, must have had some extra tubers to stick somewhere.
 
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Now I get what you meant when you said you were getting a hot tub:ROFLMAO:
Everything looks beautiful...makes me wanna come take a walk in your garden!
 

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wow this thread is old! how are your ponds doing nowadays? I havent seen many pictures recently!
 
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@TheFishGuy - how old are you? I mean, the thread is 6.5 years old, but for most of us that's the blink of an eye! If you're a youngster that might seem like a long time!

Anyway - @addy1 posts and posts photos all the time. You're just new here.
 

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wow this thread is old! how are your ponds doing nowadays? I havent seen many pictures recently!
I just don't get around to doing a showcase hard enough to keep up with all the posts going on. Keep saying one of these days.
 

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@TheFishGuy - how old are you? I mean, the thread is 6.5 years old, but for most of us that's the blink of an eye! If you're a youngster that might seem like a long time!

Anyway - @addy1 posts and posts photos all the time. You're just new here.
well, lets jsut say in 2010 when addy joined, I was 2 years old, and so that makes me at the time of this thread starting 6 years old!

( yes I am only 12 )
 
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well, lets jsut say in 2010 when addy joined, I was 2 years old, and so that makes me at the time of this thread starting 6 years old!

( yes I am only 12 )
I have seen many many more moons than you!
 

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