Has anyone else had problems with aggressive bees, like I have had ?
I have a hive started a few years ago from a swarm, extracted no honey last season as apparently a poor season last one here in Albury/Wodonga.
But season before, we harvested about 12 Kgs.
I bought a new Queen , from an apiarist in Victoria, posted to us, as apparently the hive which was always a bit aggressive, was getting worse, chased me a couple of times from 20 metres away at my work bench, got stung one Saturday on my right eye, following Saturday, got stung on my left eye, looked like Bear Grills when he got stung on the face.
My wife and I could not find the Queen so got in touch with the Apiarist who would have come and helped us, but he arranged for another Apiarist closer at Wodonga who came and helped, but he couldn’t find the Queen either.
The only negative was, which I did not know he was going to do, was that he took 8 full frames of honey, (out of 10), 8 frames of our bees, added 2 of his brood frames, so he made 4 new nucs for himself, but helped us install the new Queen.
Disappointing that he took all that honey that we have been waiting so long to harvest.
I expected, if any, to have maybe taken 4 frames of honey, or even none to pay for his service, because he was getting 4 nucs with brood, and honey on each of those frames.
As an aside, our Flow Hive, which we had the same results last season, … no honey, … has 4 frames full, other 2 half full, plus i made another small Super to go on top, with 12 x 250ml Mason Jars, to see if I can have any success with our bees filling those as well.
Will wait until Flow Hive frames are completely full and then see if they get fairdinkum about filling the glass jars.![birds, mineral blocks, street trees