I know it's been quite some time since I've posted a thread(actually any posting at all for that matter),and the real reason is I've not had much to post about(until now),and my business picked up that ate up a lot of my spare time. Anyway enough of that and on with my sad story. Due to the unseasonably warm weather we've had down here in Florida,the grass and everything else has been growing like it does in the Spring.So I knocked the dust off the mower and started mowing.In the past I've learned to just suit up when mowing around the apiary,because I've gotten stung too many times to second guess what mood the bees are in. The weather has cooled somewhat in the last few days but was still in the 70's during the day,and the same was for yesterday when I mowed.It was a little breezy and partly cloudy,but I've inspected hives with no or little opposition in the past as well as mowing around them.I always take my first pass around the back of the hives(blowing the grass in the opposite direction of the hives)to see if they're irritable mood,and after passing by and starting down to the other end of the yard,I notice all 4 hives had bees pouring out of them in a cloud in less than 15 seconds.As I was looking back at the bees I hit some tall grass and stalled the mower.The battery was weak when I started the mower and I guess didn't get enough charge,and when I tried to start the mower the battery was flat.A hot second later I was covered with angry bees,and decided it was time to run,because they were coming in hordes. Now for the sad part.I have 4 RIR chickens in a coop about 75 feet from the hives and the bees have never bothered the chickens,even when I'd let them out,and they would eat all the dead bees around the hives,never did the bees go after them.The stalled out mower was at the back fence and my route that I ran to the house went close to the chicken coop(10 ft.). After going in the house I looked out and there was a huge cloud of angry bees hovering above and still attacking the mower.So I decided to wait it out for a bit and took off the bee-suit and had my lunch.As soon as I started to eat lunch,I heard a ruckus coming from outside coming from the hen-house,and I looked to my horror I saw my chickens being brutally attacked by the angry bees.I quickly suited up and ran out,grabbed 2 chickens at a time,and rushed therm to the closest safe place the greenhouse and put all 4 in it away from the clouds of assassins. I then preceded to pick off all the stinging bees stuck to their heads,and I estimate all had been stung over 100 times.I waited till near dark,then transferred the poor chickens back to the hen-house to recover.One chicken wasn't too bad ,but the other 3 didn't look good at all,with the worst case being pretty much comatose,and 3 of them their combs were turning blue. When I went to check on them this morning the one bird that was comatose was dead,and 2 still had their eyes swollen shut and their combs still a little blue,and the third wasn't showing much effects of the attack but was still very weak. The only thing I know to do with the grouchy bees is to re-queen,but even with are warm climate and weather we've had lately,my queen supplier won't have any for at least a month,and decided to move the chickens(if the remaining ones live)to the front yard,and to smoke the hives right before I mow around them,until I can hopefully fix the problem. Sorry for the sad story,but it helps someone else to not to make the same mistake,then it was worth while to take the time to post it.