Here is a quote from the president (or former president) of my local beekeepers association on a forum to someone else. I'd written to him when I got my bees (2 swarms) with a question last week. Yesterday I learned that many people in the association are "extremely" (understatement) against the capturing of swarms, so much so that when a friend of mine, in requesting help with her 4H kids to do so, was blasted quite nastily. (It is, or was, still in the published 4H guidelines for kids she was given a year or so ago.) Anyway, in reading this, I clearly hear his disgust. I am not sure if I'm irritated, embarrassed, or just disheartened.
First of all, my bees are still very gentle and I can't imagine I'm the only one lucky enough to have this happen to. Twice. I'm the only one who's been stung, once, and it was my fault. The inspector said the hives were very clean. The bees looked very healthy. They were pulling comb on new foundation quickly. Maybe they aren't "quality", but they're certainly not "mean". I'll be requeening soon, so whatever qualities the brood will show, if negative, will only be temporary. Is this such an awful way to start a strong, healthy hive?It would be helpful to know how you got your bees. Were they quality, healthy established European honey bees with marked and clipped queens of known origin (purchased from north florida, georgia, etc.)... or did you get them as wild feral bees from somebody trying to help you get started by playing around with our mean feral bees.