Garden Ponds item created by addy1, Jan 31, 2014
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.
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!
Now I get to be captivated by your build! While sitting on butt! sort of
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.
I really need to update both threads, time just seems to fly.
Thanks, it was a lot of work, not sure I could do it again.
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