>>You should probably just requeen them, if You don't know how, then ask
a local or go to the Bee-L archives ...If You requeen now Your bees
should become gentle in approximately eight weeks.
They've already been re-queened once, and there may have been a little
imrovement at first, but they do NOT have Italian temperments.
>>Are You experiencing drought? A lot of the plants that normally bloom
this time of year are not around here, and I've seen My normally very
gentle bees get a little bit testy because of it.
Not really, I mean we are always getting either too much rain or too
little, so their may be a slight droubt, but no more that is usual andf
they have never acted this way before.
>>And You didn't mention smoke, smoke is very handy for calming the
bees...How You smoke them is important also.
Oh, believe me, I smoked them. I smoke these guys way more than I smoked
my Italian friends in Beeville, and I know it helps, so I'd HATE to see
them without it!!! But yeah, I smoke them AND I squirt them with sugar
water. But I wouldn't call them "docile"!
>> I would not kill them, it's
not too late to requeen them.
Oh no, I'd NEVER kill them! If i ever decided i didn't want them anymore
I would sooner give them away or leave them to mother nature, but I don't
think that is likely to happen. I still have to harvest soon, so I will
check again and make sure everything is healthy with the brood and all.
But if everything still looks good and I still can't understand, then I
am thinking I will just go ahead and leave them alone for the rest of the
year, and see how they are next spring. If they are ok then I will figure
they worked whatever it was out on their own. But if they still worry me
like this I am going to requeen them again. But I will do it EARLY in the
season, because I don't want them to swarm or something and end up
hurting anyone. Their behavior has had me pretty nervous about something
like that all year, but I kept thinking they were just going to split up
or something, so I let it go. But here it is already Fall, and they HAVE
deffinately improved some, but they still seem just a little off.
Thanks so much everyone for your support and advice! I really appreciate
it! I don't have any "real-life" bee friends, so no one ever knows what
the heck I am talking about! It's nice to be able to talk about it here.
mom, student, massage therapist,
beekeeper, fire dancer, cometgoddess
"Leave a little to nature; she understands her business better than we
-Montaigne, Essays, 1595
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