Sorry this is long but I would really appreciate advise from an experienced keeper. For reference I have 1yr experience. Location is Brisbane AU. It’s a warm winter with loads of stores in the hive and more coming in daily. Approx 1 month since last inspection. Only mods to the FH is hivedoctor base instead of normal one.
To repaint my FH, I temporarily moved the brood and FH frames into regular full-depth langstroth boxes. The flow frames don’t quite fit properly so the inner cover couldn’t be added. FH roof seemed to fit on ok though.
The colony were not happy being moved and I had 30+ bees chasing me away even at the end. They continued searching around the outside of the house for hours, until sunset 4 hours later. This has not happened before but I did do the transfer in a bit of a rush so maybe not as gently as I should have.
Overnight I repainted the boxes. Next morning I put them outside to air. Inside the boxes was still some very small amounts of wax.
Within 1 hour angry bees were back circling the house, but mainly near the repainted boxes.
As the day went on the number of angry bees seemed to increase. I suited up and went to see the hive itself thinking something was wrong…
There were many bees, possibly 30+ seemingly trying to enter the hive from behind, under FH roof, and what I feel was side/side swaying at the hive front. I was instantly attacked in the suit as if they were all on high alert. This resembled what I had read of robbing behaviour.
So… I switched the hive back to the repainted boxes (really needed another coat but nevermind). There was definite bee rage as you can imagine.
Within 2 hours everything seemed calm again. A couple of bees still zooming around the house but not like earlier.
Question is… does above sound like robbing, lured by the repainted boxes drying outside (with some wax) combined with the incompletely closed temporary hive?
Or were my bees really that furious for two days and moving them back magically calmed them (unlikely)?