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« on: January 25, 2006, 03:54:36 PM »

Hi Ya'll,
Brand new to this beekeeping thing.  I've purchased all of my woodenware, tools and am awaiting shipment of two Nucs.  My friends think I'm nuts for taking this up as a hobby but they all want honey when it's time.  My wife is for anything that will get me out of the house and away from the TV, plus it's a lot less expensive than golf and motorcycles.  I cannot believe how interested I've become.  The more I research and read the more I want to know.  I'm really excited about getting my bees and giving it a shot.  Who knows, I might get stung ten times and say this isn't for me but I won't know until I try it.  Wish me luck.
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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2006, 03:59:19 PM »

It really is a great hobby and a great deal of fun.  Remember to keep a journal of the honey-flows as they come, it'll be invaluable next year.
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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2006, 08:44:35 AM »

is not how I would describe keeping bees.

It is not " fun " to be repeatedly stung by angry and defensive bees doing what they do naturally, protect their colony. You will be STUNG and depending on how your body reacts you will quickly decide weather to continue with the bees or not.

If per chance the bees you acquire are very agressive and defensive that can be very upsetting to you and takes some getting used too. Having thousands and thousands of bees buzzing and swarming around you will be very impressive to say the least.  Some folks can take stings with little effect and others not.  You will not know how you react until you are involved and stung. Furthermore just having all those bees swarming and butting into your face net can make you nervous and aprehensive, believe me.

That being said, fooling around with bees is very interesting and rewarding;
Not just in eventually eating the honey but in the whole process. They are simply fascinating and I just like to visit my hives just to see what is going on at different times of the day, every day. I keep two hives near my house for my education and I do, randomly get stung for my curiosity when I least expect, but I continue to visit. I don't open the boxes very often, since there is not much need to and I believe in less is more.

If you spend some time reading these boards you will find all manner of advice, hints, suggestions, how to's, and all is good. However the actual hands on work is a bit different when you open your hive for the first inspection and actually see bees in action. Example is sometimes bees build comb everywhere in the wrong places and just make a mess of things. Then you have to cut the frames apart to pull them out dripping honey and making a further mess, but you have to try and keep the frames seperated from each other by cutting the unwanted comb out.  You shouldn't let the burr comb building get out of hand. Then again, most times you will find perfectly filled frames and that is gratiying.  What I'm saying here is that you can read and see images about things going on in a beehive but until you actually get hands on experience you will not really understand completly what is involved. I hope I'm making some sorta sense here???

So, get involved. You might just like get your jollies off doing the bees??? wink
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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2006, 10:20:33 PM »

Jack--you make perfect sense,I don't think anyone could have said this better!
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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2006, 10:43:00 PM »

GT:

As the others say, it is a wonderful hobby and gets to be a very addictive learning experience. You'll find that just WATCHING the bees alone is worh the money you put into the startup - and surviving Winters (which can be tricky) is always a wonderful thing to experience.

Getting stug isn't all that bad (been stung many thousands of times BOTH accidentally and on purpose when doing bee-sting therapy for a damaged neck) you just scrape the stinger from your skin FLUSH to your skin, never try pulling out the stinger because it causes the venom to pump in.

Anyways, with 20 THOUSAND POSTS in the forum, you should have enough info to really get you prepared for the big day. Plus, you will always find help here in the forums and with over 100 countries and nearly 1000 members, you will find THOUSANDS of years of combined experience from all ranges of beekeepers from the total new bees who are just reading and trying to see if the hobby is for them (sound familiar Smiley ) to the life-long beekeeper with decades of experience.

Welcome aboard, check out the many forums - you will find enough topical areas to let you learn lots about the other members, share your ideas on nearly any topic and hopefully find a place to come back to again and again.

Lastly, think of "NOT" getting stung, not "GETTING stung" - work on mentally and physically being JUST another member of the beehive and learn from your mistakes - literally hundreds, if not thousands of times I have gone into the hive for inspection with just shorts and a teeshirt and came out without a single sting. Your mindset greatly effects the way bees interact with and around you.

But the single most important tool is the smoker, read the info in the forum and on my beekeeping course pages to master the use of this simple but extremely effective tool - it is your best friend. Stings happen, but generally it is our fault, we pick a wet and windy day when the hive is over filled with bees who can't forage or we rush around not thinking that we are tearing apart their homes - why wouldn't they get defensive?

Thanks for joining and have fun - we are always here to answer any questions we can, so please feel free to ask any questions "and" it's our pleasure to get to know you!!!!
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« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2006, 09:23:07 AM »

In my post above I probably over emphasized the stinging aspects of keeping bees, however before I went into the the hobby I was stung on the top of my left ear and went to the local Hospital Emergency Unit for a revival. I suffered a severe reaction.

The experience was not pleasent, AT ALL.  YA THINK YA GONNA DIE, a la Gilda Radner cheesy

Thousands of stings??? Hmmm that's a lotta stings???
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« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2006, 09:45:37 AM »

Thanks to all for the welcome and the advice.  I believe I am prepared for some stinging.  I'm not sure how I will react if I screw up and get a hundred or more at a time.  I once got into a mess of yellow jackets that actually caused me to go to the hospital because I couldn't breathe and my thumb hurt.  Turns out I had dislocated my thumb on my knee by swatting at them and I was out of breathe because I had run about a quarter mile to get away from them.  DUH!  

Beemaster.com is a great site.  I actually got interested after finding this site on the web.  Great informative information and good encouragement from the members.
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« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2006, 11:42:14 AM »

Quote from: GTBee
 I believe I am prepared for some stinging.  I'm not sure how I will react if I screw up and get a hundred or more at a time.


You should never get 100+ at one time.  The key is to remain calm.  If something does happen that causes a bee frenzy (like droppng a frame full of bees on the ground in front of you, it happens to all of us) don't rile them up further by trying to rectify the situation and getting the hive back together.  Just retreat as quickly as possible and give them some time to settle down.  Then go back (with a little smoke) and gently fix it up in the same manner you would during a normal inspection.  You have to base your handling on the temperment of the particular hive,  I have had some hives that I could have dropped off a truck and they would not have stung.  But there are also the occasional hives that nail you as soon as you open to cover.

Also remember that the majority of your bees are female,  and some days they are better than others to deal with cheesy   You can usually tell their mood when you first get into the hive.  If they are moody,  go back another day.  IF they continue to be aggressive, re-queen.
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« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2006, 12:38:13 PM »

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WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! is every one going on about being stung. If this guys a beginner he would be best advised to start with wearing all the kit  and reducing the number of protective items as his confidence and experience grows.
 Certainly getting stung happens but i can look through 50 hives with all the gear on and not get a single sting so lets get in in prospective, and not scare people off even if one or two people are hamming it up a bit.
 I must admit that during the summer i prefer nothing but a t shirt, shorts and viel(even in the UK a full suit gets very uncomfortable) cheesy  But then again i am still young enough to appreciate the benefits of a sting or to up the trouser leg when it comes to impressing the ladies. evil

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« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2006, 07:12:08 PM »

If you have never been stung before and dont know if youre one of those people that goes into anaphylactic shock you can try this.

Get a couple of bees in a jar, go to your local hospital (may not be possible in the States) or Doctor or friendly Ambulance crew and invert the jar on the back of your hand and wait. rolleyes

You get to meet some new peole and find out nice and safely what will happen. theres probably a medical test they can do  on you I spose, but it wouldnt be nearly as much fun.
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« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2006, 07:47:18 PM »

> invert the jar on the back of your hand and wait.

My bet is it will take a long wait.  Now if you push them against your skin...
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« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2006, 08:15:51 PM »

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If you have never been stung before and dont know if youre one of those people that goes into anaphylactic shock you can try this.


Even if you don't want to go to that extreme, it doesn't hurt to talk to your doctor and get an Epipen just in case. Trust me, anaphylactic shock is no fun.  You get a whole new perspective on life....

Luckily I've never had a reaction to bee venom. Though once one of my black labs  stepped on a bee and got stung.  By the time we got home,  she looked like a shar-pei shocked  A quick call to the vet, a Benadril and 20 minutes she was fine.  She has never had a reaction like that again.
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« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2006, 11:44:34 PM »

My dog likes to "snap" at the bees when she's down by the hives with me.  She got nailed on the tounge.  The antics that followed were amusing.  (Sneezing and some head shaking).
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« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2006, 12:47:12 AM »

With regards to the stinging behavior, I find it rare to receive more than half a dozen stings at a time.  Just a few weeks ago, I burned my leg with the smoker while handeling a super.  I dropped the entire box on my feet and left with less than a dozen stings in both my clothing and my skin.  Don't worry about "screwing up", as long as you take basic precausions like good weather, a veil, and a well lit smoker, you'll be fine GT.[/quote]
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« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2006, 12:53:51 AM »

like almost everyone has said above, if your not sure what will happen to you when stung, get a epipen just incase, being a beekeeper, you will be stung a few time or in some but few cases get stung alot, I have 6 hives and 3 of them are from removals, while doing the removals I have been stung by all 3 but when I hive them and get them home, I have yet to be stung in the bee yard by any of the 6, just lucky I guest but I know one day they will get me but it part of the craft. good luck and like the rest of us you might be hooked for life.
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« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2006, 12:38:40 PM »

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My dog likes to "snap" at the bees when she's down by the hives with me.  She got nailed on the tounge.  The antics that followed were amusing.  (Sneezing and some head shaking).


Ha! My doggies (one of which is my little image thingy at the moment) love to hang out with me any time I am outside. They constantly wrestle. Lemme tell you, I get a bit amused/annoyed because they always seem to end up wrestling 2 or 3 feet from the front of a hive. Ugh! One of these days something bad is going to happen. So far, surprisingly, the bees seem to simply ignore them. They don't stay in one spot very long. I have a feeling the guard bees do a "what the...?" and then the dogs are gone.

When I first started keepin', my big Rhodesian ran up to the hive, stuck his snout 1/2 inch from the entrance and just sat there for a full 20 seconds inhaling the nifty odors. Hmm... then he started sneezing a lot. I think that's about when he got nailed. Wink He learned a lesson that day I think. No swelling at all surprisingly.

Anyway, humorous annedote for the day. Smiley

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P.S. Just to keep this on topic a bit. Go to your doctor. Tell them you keep bees and you want a prescription for an Epipen. My doctor wrote it out... no charge and wished me luck! Smiley It's a "just in case". I believe it's under 1% of folks that are that sensitive, but... you never know. Surprisingly, many more than 1% tell me they are allergic. I think folks are paranoid. But... I keep it for that odd chance. Need to get insurance sometime... also, just in case.
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« Reply #16 on: January 28, 2006, 06:16:42 PM »

I realize I grew up in an era where we didn't wear helmets.  Ever.  For anything.  Never saw a bicycle helmet.  Never saw a riding helmet.  If I'd had one, I would have been laughed out of school.

But, I've never had an epipen.  I've never worried about getting stung.  I've never taken anything for a sting, other than to put a poultice on a few of them when they really hurt, usually Plantain, occasionally tobacco or asprin.
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« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2006, 06:26:53 PM »

Hi all
Yes those were the days. MEN WERE MEN AND THE SHEEP WERE WARY  evil

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« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2006, 01:32:43 PM »

Stings are not so bad. I have checked my bees in shorts and tee shirt, gotten stung a few times but look at the football player, he gets hit and it urts every time he goes o the field. He does it because he enjys it.
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« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2006, 04:00:30 PM »

I have never had a epipen either, because growing up , I have been stung by every thing that has a stinger, so when I got me some bee's, I never worried about it, I have heard some say they wasn't elergic to sting when they were younger but are now, but I am still not elergic,,,,, (some reason the word elergic doesn't look spelled right) never could spell anyway  Cheesy  wink
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