I'm now four days into the adventure of beekeeping! After several months of reading, learning and planning I now have my first three hives off to a seemingly good start. The install went quite smoothly, the queens have all released and each colony is drawing comb. I have them located on a friend's farm by some alfalfa fields and pican tree orchards.
The only hitch so far was when my twelve year old daughter got a little too close to the hives without a veil. One of the bees landed on her upper lip, she swatted it and got stung! I put some 'Stops the Sting' on it and she seemed ok but it did swell up. Being twelve years old she refused to leave the house for the entire weekend fearing her social life would be devastated... oh the anguish of adolescence . Of course the swelling did go down, her social life is unscathed and I'm glad to report she isn't holding a grudge toward the bees!
So I think I'm off to a good start; bees established, daughter still in-tact and now a member of beesource.com!