Help: Idea to Remove Aggressive Bees before Moving in Top Bar Hive

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by SkyBry, Jul 22, 2014.

  1. SkyBry

    SkyBry New Member

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    ​Hi all. I have some questions about an idea I want to try. I have an Africanized bee hive in an old tire on my property. It's about the size of a soccer ball. I want to take a box with a flashlight in it at night and point the light at the hive (and get away quickly). The bees should get mad and attack the flashlight. After a few minutes, I'll shut the lid. The hope is to trap the aggressive bees inside the box. The next morning I'll transfer the left over, less aggressive bees to a new Top Bar Hive and dispose of the aggressive ones trapped in the box (or maybe release them into the hive as well). Any thoughts?
     
  2. Zookeep

    Zookeep Active Member

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    ok hate to say this but all the workers in the hive have the same temper, all you would do (if it works) is get the guard bees, the only way to change the aggression of the hive is to change out the queen.
     

  3. SkyBry

    SkyBry New Member

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    ​Thanks for the reply. :smile:

    Isn't a hive without guard bees better to move than one with guards?


    Thanks again, Bryson
     
  4. Zookeep

    Zookeep Active Member

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    the moment you remove the protectors new 1s will step up to fill the role