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    Buzz Buzz

    Has any one ever raised and kept bees? I am looking into starting some hives and have done some research already but was curious to see if anyone here had any real experience with them.

    Thanks!
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    awesome - we'd love to do this some day.

    check this out if you would like a good read.
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    I got stung by one right in the middle of the chest while riding home from work one day last summer. I thought I was going to die, because I couldn't see the bee under my jersey I had no idea what was going on. I only realized what had happened when he flew off a couple of minutes later.

    Does that count as experience?
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    I got stung on my ass when I was like 9, my mom told me it must have been a female bee. I felt better after I finished laughing. =0) Thats all I've got.
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    Nope, but I worked with a guy who has a huge number of hives. He has so many that he packs them up on tractor trailers and sends them around the country to various farms and orchards that need bees to help pollinate their crops. Makes a decent living doing it apparently (after getting laid off from his "industry" job). Whatever bee lore I learned from him I pretty much forgot, except that it can be relatively easy for a colony to get infected and die.

    Oh...and the other thing I remember is that people come over to his house and pay him to sting them with the bees. Some kind of weird therapy or something. Pretty freaky if you ask me, but apparently has some foundation in legitimate medicine. I can't remember if it was to alleviate arthritis or what. I actually pass one of his colonies on my ride home - maybe I'll run into him soon.

    Aren't there bee keeping forums somewhere on the internets?

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    A friend and occasional riding partner keeps bees. Or rather, his wife does. She got them last year, got them through the summer and winter, and is taking a course about how to take care of them. The instructor said that if the bees have lived this long, she's doing a good job.
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    Do not put them in your bonnet. Noboby likes a lady with bees in her bonnet.
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    I hope they are not killer bees

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    Try to get the smart ones as seen in the 'Bee Movie' by Jerry Seinfeld.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Do not put them in your bonnet. Noboby likes a lady with bees in her bonnet.
    Who doesn't like a bee bonnie lass?!

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    I believe honey is bee vomit. that can't be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MangoPumpkin View Post
    Has any one ever raised and kept bees? I am looking into starting some hives and have done some research already but was curious to see if anyone here had any real experience with them.

    Thanks!
    I think you'll enjoy this talk on bees by a beekeeper named Gerald Cooper. It's part of the do lectures from Wales. It's called "Push the Bees where the Bees want to go."
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    I doubt I'll ever keep bees, as much as I'd like them to polinate my fruit trees. I'm mildly alergic and it simply does not seem a good idea to be a beekeeper.

    That said I've had 3 interactions I can remember where I was rather close to a hive and no problems.

    The furtherest and most dangerous instance was where I was cutting a dead tree with an axe, not knowing there was a hive at hte far end. I bid a quick and careful retreat and escaped unstung.

    The least eventful was finding a hive inmy moms backyard. I was close enough to touch it.

    Jurt as clsoe to a hive that was right next to a trail I was hiking at ground level. I was relieved to get by without incident as I had 2 large curious dogs with me.

    I think those 3 do show that even wild non-african bees are fairly docile, unless yuo are very stupid or unlucky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    I got stung by one right in the middle of the chest while riding home from work one day last summer. I thought I was going to die, because I couldn't see the bee under my jersey I had no idea what was going on. I only realized what had happened when he flew off a couple of minutes later.

    Does that count as experience?
    Only if you got past second base
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    Quote Originally Posted by billyymc View Post
    Oh...and the other thing I remember is that people come over to his house and pay him to sting them with the bees. Some kind of weird therapy or something. Pretty freaky if you ask me, but apparently has some foundation in legitimate medicine. I can't remember if it was to alleviate arthritis or what. I actually pass one of his colonies on my ride home - maybe I'll run into him soon.

    Aren't there bee keeping forums somewhere on the internets?
    I've seen that on T.V. where people get the stinging treatments for arthitis and other things. Pretty nifty. I haven't checked for forums only beekeeping associations, for which I found one and joined.
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    My dad had a couple of bee hives when I was young. He got rid of them about the time I was 8. The only two things I really remember are,

    #1- Honey Bees are normally not aggressive

    #2- If it is a cool day and you want to watch the bees, it is not a good idea to kick the hive.
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    The first bees I learned about were do bees.



    Then when I grew up I discovered that some doobies are not so industrious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
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    No bees but I think I've got a nest of yellow jackets in one of my second-story soffits - out of reach of my extension ladder of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MangoPumpkin View Post
    Has any one ever raised and kept bees? I am looking into starting some hives and have done some research already but was curious to see if anyone here had any real experience with them.

    Thanks!
    No experience keeping bees but I was befriended by a couple who had a half dozen hive locations in the hills above the San Gabriel Valley and we watched them doing collections, maintenance, and moves several times. They also kept us stocked up with jars of "b" grade honey where the bees had collected from a wide variety of chaparral scub brush including coastal sage, manzanita, scrub oak, black sage, yucca. No one whose experience with honey is based on the store-bought variety can even fathom the richness of true wild honey. Good Luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MangoPumpkin View Post
    Only if you got past second base
    I am pretty sure the bee loved me and left me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    I am pretty sure the bee loved me and left me.
    A stinging one night stand. Maybe it thought you were into S/M. Oh for shame
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    Quote Originally Posted by MangoPumpkin View Post
    A stinging one night stand. Maybe it thought you were into S/M. Oh for shame
    Talk about pain and suffering... I nearly crashed in the middle of the road trying to make the pain stop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stealthammer View Post
    No experience keeping bees but I was befriended by a couple who had a half dozen hive locations in the hills above the San Gabriel Valley and we watched them doing collections, maintenance, and moves several times. They also kept us stocked up with jars of "b" grade honey where the bees had collected from a wide variety of chaparral scub brush including coastal sage, manzanita, scrub oak, black sage, yucca. No one whose experience with honey is based on the store-bought variety can even fathom the richness of true wild honey. Good Luck!
    Exactly! That's one of the main reasons I am interested in doing this. It's delicious!
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