I have been keeping bees for 3 years ,I have 4 bee colonies and have handled many other colonies on different courses etc including a lively hive during my Basic exam.I have never been stung does this make me unique? !! I wear marigold gloves.
2 yrs ago a queenless colony attacked my turkeys,geese and my dogs but left the chickens alone !! The bees seem to be attracted to the drinkers i put out for the birds. The birds are all free range. PS united the colony with another and they are now really nice to handle.:)