Just been down to the hive to weigh the top couple of boxes and maybe to check for brood as I have an inkling the hive could be in trouble (see https://simplebees.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/hive-in-trouble/).
Whilst there is plenty of honey in the boxes, my main issue is how to deal with angry bees who are mightily upset at their world being messed around with, something they are definitely not used to. I did have to remove the top box so I could weigh the second one, as I couldn’t actually lift both together!!
One of the downsides of low-maintenance and low intervention beekeeping is that we ultimately get less experience with actually working with the bees. I have to admit to feeling pretty intimidated by scores of them chasing after me with the sole purpose of stinging me to death!!
Any tips on how to overcome this issue? I have tried both smoking (which seemed to enrage them more) and also spraying with sugar water (which seems to help a bit). I know the demeanor of the beekeeper is also essential. I’m sure my stress levels were rising which definitely didn’t help and probably also contributed to me being stung several times.
Graham, Reading Berkshire