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  1. #1
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    Jun 2012
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    Idaho Falls, Idaho
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    Default Baptism of fire today!

    I bought two hives from a friend who has raised them for 25 years. Today was my first time visiting them, and boy what a rush! One of the hives had no queen so we transferred a brood chamber from the stronger hive to the weaker one.
    The smoker wouldn't light and it was 87 degrees so I guess they were really angry (according to my friend) and attacking extra ferociously. My Ultrabreeze suit was wonderful; I was completely sting free on the body even though the bees were so thick on the veil that I had a hard time seeing through them at some points. I will be looking into getting different gloves. I just used the gloves he had, which were light cloth. I was stung 6 or 7 times on the hands through those gloves. Ouch.

    Anyway, that is my introduction. I look forward to learning more about this bee keeping stuff!

  2. #2
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    May 2011
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    Kingsville, OH
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    Default Re: Baptism of fire today!

    Good to hear of your introduction to Hot hives,,best way to learn is hands on. And your friend will be a big help.
    Enjoy the ride.

    40 plus years keeping bees,,,or should I say they keep me.

  3. #3
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    Harsens Island , Mi , USA
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    Default Re: Baptism of fire today!

    Welcome aboard .

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    Default Re: Baptism of fire today!

    Well a big congrats with that being your introduction to bees and you are not ready to ride off in the sunset. It has not been my experience that bees are like that. at least not always. Give them a time when there is plenty of nectar to keep them busy and a queen to keep them content and you should find them to be a lot more enjoyable.
    I do give you great chances of staying around though. My admiration.
    Stand for what you believe, even if you stand alone.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Baptism of fire today!

    Thank you all!

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    Default Re: Baptism of fire today!

    Welcome Spam!
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  7. #7
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    Default Re: Baptism of fire today!

    Welcome to the site!

  8. #8
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    Jun 2012
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    Spicewood, Texas, USA
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    Default Re: Baptism of fire today!

    It's a definite rush. I started two hives in April, but they've been entirely forgiving every time I drop something, jar them, or otherwise behave like a total klutz. Then again, I have the best bee suit money can buy, and I quickly learned that I needed gloves THAT FIT. Haven't been stung through the suit yet (Golden Bee out of Louisiana). I admire your willingness to soldier on. A lot of people would just give up.

  9. #9
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    Seneca, sc
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    Default Re: Baptism of fire today!

    Welcome

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