About four years ago, I discovered the book Beekeeping for Dummies in the local library and before finishing the book I knew that beekeeping was something I wanted to get into. I read and read and read and learned as much as I could to prepare myself for such a thing. After about a year of telling myself and everyone I knew that I was going to do it...I finally took the jump and ordered my supplies and bees. I was so excited! At the time, I was living at my dads house while he was away in Montana and I set them up there.
The hive has grown and has been set up for about 3 years now. The first year was not really successful...I wasn't able to extract any honey and they didn't seem to do very well. The second year was better but I still haven't collected any honey. I no longer live at my dads house but I don't live too far away. With spring rolling in the bees are being a lot more active and my dad has been trying to work in his garden. This year has brought a nasty surprise for us. The bees have become abnormally aggressive! Eeeek! I've been stung only ONCE since I've had them and it was my fault. I haven't been over to check the hive yet, but my dad has been telling me how he keeps getting stung :( He said he was mowing the lawn one day and a few of them attacked him. By the time he got into the house he had 13 or so stings! They've never done this before! I didn't think of this at first, but I think the queen needs to be replaced. The lifespan of a queen bee can be between 2 and 4 years. After she dies the bees create a new queen. In turn, a new queens offspring can show signs of agression...such as stinging for no apparent reason! Sooooo what I'm going to need to do is order a new queen and introduce her. It's going to be tricky but it's got to be done. AND before introducing her I'm planning on extracting the honey from inside. This will probably be happening sometime this weekend...I'm nervous!!!!
Here are a couple of pics from the day I first set them up: