Never will you see a hive act the same way for two days. Each time you go into it, you have to check their temperament before entering. Some days you can work them for an hour or more with no problem, other days they will attack immediately.
Remember, they are all female. Totally unpredictable. :queen: :ranting: :rolling:
shouldn't. if you take your time. I think your a little overkill on the bricks for weight. I may not understand here but if I'm right you got a hive set up waiting on a swarm to move into the equipment. Or have you hived your bees.
you might have better luck getting on a swarm list with the local extention agency police and fire departmens the 911 call center and exterminators. That would be quickwer than waiting on one to find you if I understand what your doing right. Although I have had some swarms move into empty equipment i get 100 swarm calls to the one that moves in :thumbsup:
Wind blowing your top off several times !!
It seems to me if I saw correctly a picture of your hive;
Your top extends way past the edge of your hive box by quite a bit, that's like a airplane wing.
The wind gets under it and off it comes.
My bees get frustrated with me from the moment I open my eyes in the morning... :lol:
30 seconds of doing stuff to the outside of the hive... pfft, you could spend all day moving them on and off the lid and I don't think the bees would pay any attention to you... except maybe during the summer dearth.
95% of the bees in a hive are FEMALE and your askin us(mostly guys) what to expect??
Really it can change day by day and sometimes acouple of times a day, Like all females THEY will teach you what you need to know. Jim
Yeah, the other day when I was weeding, I was buzzed twice when I tried to work close to the normally placid girls. One was in the morning and the other was in the afternoon. I was surprised as I thought they would've been over their grumble by then, but they weren't.
They were back to their normal selves the next day. Don't know if they were spooked by raccoons or skunks; they were just grouchy that day.