"so workable that I always wear a full bee suit".I always figure that a little smoke keeps the bees calm for me and for others in the area....no smoke and a full bee suit seems like a recipe for angry off bees (and a beekeeper who isn't motivated to keep the bees as calm as possible...because he is wearing a full bee suit).I'm having a little fun :)deknow
:-D Yes Ive noticed that you like a good argument :-D
At present time I'm running about 70 hives and hopefully will have 100+ at the end of this season.
Last year I thing they got me good about seven times most of them were not my hives or my bees, they were when I helped my mentor with his bees, His bees are OK but I wouldn't have them in my bee yards!
My bees must bee calm bees , There are nice good fun bees so why settle for angry ones?? WHY ?
I don't want angry bees, I want bees that you can approach the hive with out suiting up, at least for 15 minutes you should be able to spend time in a bee yard with out being challenged buy a guard bee.
With my bees you/I can walk stand sit 1 meter behind and 3 meters in front of the hive without protective gear.
I don't work my hives in bad weather, this I have learnt the hard way :'( , I Don't want to develop allergies to bee stings, beekeeping brings me great pleasure and I don't want to risk having to give it up because of to many stings and an allergic reaction.
Last year was the first year that i didn't have a mild reaction from bee stings, so I guess and hope that I am acclimatized, but also one sting closer to being allergic, it only takes 1 sting or 1001 stings you never know.
When I work my hives its work, why would I not I use the right tools and safety measures and equipment, I am not self-confidence and trying to compensate some short coming by pretending to bee tough and not using the right gear.
One of my goals as a beekeeper/and representative from the local beekeeping club is to pollinate the entire town and gardens and provide everyone with local honey from there area, not from some god forsaken part of china! :angel:
:bee: To do this I need good kind bees. :bee: Why settle for second best!
mvh edward :-P