My Bees by Jimmy Earl Cooley, 1/12/2014
Inspecting and feeding bees today and was stung seven times by Shirley Hive Bees.
Used normal procedure, including smoke. First opened the Shirley Hive and immediately several swarmed my head. I continued to remove the top and inner cover and removed two frames so I could get to the sugar water container. Put more sugar water in feeder and by then the bees were swarming around my head and stung thru suit and several got me thru shirt around left shoulder and one or two got under the vail and all told was stung 7 times. Used Benedryl on stings and took a Benedryl tablet. Itching has almost gone but some swelling in neck and shoulder. Noted that some of the rascals were holding on to bee suit and trying to push stinger inside.
Real bad bees – these Shirley ones. I think the queen must be replaced. Suppose to be one of the queens we got from Weaver last year, but dont know for sure.
I think my plan should be to split the Shirley Hive immediately and kill the queen and divide the workers and frames and put in a ,new queen or queen cells if you have any, in each split. I have ordered, received and assembled three new hives, each containing 2 brood boxes and one super, along with base, inner cover, and top. Can use for the split. All three are sitting near the Hebert and Shirley Hives. This is about a dozen stings I have had from the Shirley Hive since installation. What you think?
I then opened the Hebert hive and fed and observed and not a single bee approached me! I would hope that there would be queen cells in the Hebert hive to put with the split of the Shirley hive or at least raise some queens from the bees in the Hebert hive. Maybe I could try that with my queen nook and split workers from the Hebert hive.