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Hive mind! Does anyone keep bees?

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AddToBasket Wed 18-May-16 22:39:22

I'm getting bees.

Not quite yet, but they are coming. We joined the local beekeeping association six months ago. DH has been threatening to get some for a while but I have just taken the plunge, decided we are definitely going to do it and let the association know we're looking for a hive/colony.

I am so excited. grin Am I mad? Will I get stung?!

AddToBasket Thu 19-May-16 08:01:19

Morning bump

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mnaab Sun 22-May-16 23:08:25

I don't keep bees now but did a few years ago. I never got stung (well I was stung on my glove but didn't go through) but a lot of people do get stung.

PamelaPatricia Thu 02-Jun-16 07:47:20

My OH keeps bees and I help out occasionally. I'm no expert but would be happy to answer questions via DM. I've told OH to share her knowledge as I think it's important. People kindly gave their time, tips, and support when she was starting out and I think that should continue.

In my (limited) experience, you will be stung every now and then, but usually it is when the bees are upset - you expose them to the cold, you're taking too long to check the brood boxes, etc. - and you begin to gauge when they will cooperate and when they will become justifiably defensive.

MindfulBear Thu 30-Jun-16 15:18:24

Hello! Are you married to my OH?!
He joined the local beekeepers association 6 months ago and did a course. He just bought a hive and is about to join the local swarm alert list!!!!!

So, have you got any bees yet OP?

TheDrsDocMartens Thu 30-Jun-16 16:08:38

My husband keeps bees. I watch from a distance and sometimes sort honey.

Tryingtosaveup Sat 23-Jul-16 21:20:49

I am an experienced beekeeper and will answer questions.

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