Good to see your comments...........
Every one likes a story - so, some years ago we went to see a customer in Switzerland - he said the bees were a little aggressive and we wanted to see what the problem was - I can only say that even though he had over a thousand hives, that he was a real brute - banging the hive tool between the bodies and was generally very rough - I'm a commercial beekeeper and am often pushed to get things done, but not like that!!!
On the other hand I have a short clip of a commercial beekeeper in Crete (2,000 hives) and he has some of the gentlest handling of bees I have ever seen. I'll try to upload it tomorrow on this thread.
We as BEEKEEPERS have to respect and show kindness towards bees and their home and not just see them as a means towards an end. Their fate is in our hands.
It shows Kostas Frangiadakis, a fourth generation commercial beekeeper with about 2,000 hives. This Robert Deniro look alike is known in Crete as "THE beekeeper".
He is dressed in black and has a beard because he is in mourning for his 22 year old nephew, Manolis, who was murdered a few months before this video was taken.
Note the Australian type covers with a wooden feeder that is filled through an opening in the roof. The plastic bags contained fondant that has been consumed by the bees. Note also how careful he is when handling his bees.
Sorry about the noise from the wind - but it was quite strong.
We had spent the day grafting from superbee breeder queens into his starter hives so that he could use the cells in his own splits.