Angi, good, the power of the sting is power in many ways, hee, hee. I still only wear a veil when I am working with the bees, never, ever any gloves, if I do get a sting, yea!!!! more power to it!!!! I rarely get stung, but have had a few good ones where my face swelled up quite a bit. That was when I was catching a swarm and didn't have any protection on. I couldn't hold the branch that my Husband had cut (thought I was stronger), and it kind of fell and the cluster broke. The bees fell basically partly on my head. Eeeks!!! That was in my second year of beekeeping. I still remember feeling all those little feet of the bees sticking on my face as they took their grip and plunged their stinger into me. It was something that I will never forget
My Husband had a bee sting him right between the eyes during that year too. We were going to go to a funeral that day and he had gone to get his beer that he left up at the apiary. I was doing something with the bees that had annoyed them and he went to get his beer and one went right after him. Ha!!!! That was so funny. He saw her coming and could do nothing. Anyways, he went to the funeral looking like alien man.
He is so funny. He took the picture of me and him with our great big faces and sent an e-mail out to friends and family, with a funny little word caption saying some funny little thing about bees stings being priceless, something after the lines of the Mastercard commercial. Got a hoot and a hollar for sure. I think that I actually put this on our forum, it was good for a laugh or two, he always makes me laugh!!!! I am so in love.....oh brother, here I go again, off topic, what the blazes is wrong with me.
When you get all the rest of your stuff for the bees, Angi, do this. THis was a tip that I listened to on our forum. Sometimes instead of using the bee brush, get a great and wonderful feather from one of your birds and use beautiful feather instead of the bee brush. It is a very useful tool for me. Sometimes I don't want to brush the bees briskly and a feather has that light touch, it is one that I use all the time instead of a bee brush. When you have the need to brush the bees with a bee brush, brush them briskly, quickly, don't linger with the brush. Bees don't like to be brushed, but if you have to, quick and sharp, it will not hurt them, it is more of a flicking motion, the best that I can describe. If you can brush from the head, that way, they don't like to be brushed from the butt forward, I think that really annoys them even more. My two cents
You are getting very well set up for your bees, yea!!!! Good for you and you are making me envious with what you have. Have a wonderful and beautiful day, great health wishes. Cindi