So, what exactly makes a hive nice or mean? Just trying to get an idea about where my hives land. I have two 5 frame nucs installed in a single deep each (plan to possibly add another this weekend.) I'm quite inquisitive, so I've done different things to see what would make them react. Knowing me, I'll get stung before I quit pushing boundaries, lol. Tossing a sweetgum ball in front of the entrance didn't cause them to do anything. They basically ignored it. Tapping the side of the hive basically did nothing. May have heard a little more hum, but not much. I removed a slug from directly in front of the entrance, between two guard bees. They ignored my fingers. I don't think they even notice when I lift the outer cover. They seem to move a little more when I lift the inner cover. I started in full gear, then just gloves and veil, then just khaki pants and white t shirt, and today I removed the outer cover and lifted the inner cover while wearing black pants and black shirt. I don't think they even noticed me. I was actually squatted in front of the hive (I know, behind or beside. I forgot) I don't think I'm quite up to removing a frame without any smoke or a veil yet, but I know I'll try it with a veil if they keep ignoring me. I'm beginning to get a good neglected feeling from my bees. Like they know I'm there to bug them, and hopefully if they ignore me, I'll just go away. Are my bees unusually calm, or would this mostly be expected from normal new hives? I move slow and I'm pretty calm (I get stung 6 or 8 times by wasps every year, mostly due to bugging them or trying to exterminate them, so getting stung once more isn't much of a big deal). It has been mostly raining, with me getting home about the time it quits and they start taking a few flights to get supplies before dark. I thought bees were supposed to be more ornery on cloudy days?