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  1. #1
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    Default Should I get Bees

    I want to get a couple hives of bees but my wife is allergic to bees since the last time she got stung.
    We have 16 acres half wooded, The wooded area is L shaped with two hay fields, the house in about the middle off to the side.
    I'm not interested in the perfect crime

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    Default Re: Should I get Bees

    Welcome, 2B. You know you're asking a bunch of beekeepers whether or not to get bees, right? Let me be the first to say- Do it!
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    Default Re: Should I get Bees

    Why are you considering beekeeping?

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    Default Re: Should I get Bees

    I'm interested in beeskeeping as a hobby only, not to get rid of my wife.
    So far I've read, The Backyard Beekeeper-Kim Flottum, The Practical Beekeeper Vol.1, Vol.2 coming-M. Bush, First Lessons in Beekeeping-Keiths Delaplane, in that order.
    My concern is my wife is allergic to bees.
    Should this be a concern?

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    Default Re: Should I get Bees

    It should be quite a concern! I came very close to losing my son because of my bees (350 hives at the time). Have her go through the series of shots that will desensitize her and when a bee sting or two (given by the doctor) do not affect her, then get your bees. IMHO you are asking for trouble. She will be immune for the rest of her life if all goes well. Quite a worthwhile effort, wouldn't you say? And then, she could help you with your bees. If you get your bees regardless, she may become gradually even more allergic because of the allergens that will be present on your beesuit (which she might wash), bee equipment and even your own clothing that was used while working the bees. Not a doctor, but had to give two epinephrine shots to my 7 year old son and then was told at the clinic that he came very very close to not surviving. Just something to think a little more seriously about. He went through the desensitization process and then helped me with the pollination business when older. OMTCW

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    Default Re: Should I get Bees

    Thanks for your responses
    My wife said it's ok if I don't have them near the house where she's walking around.
    I would like to be able to see them from the house at a distance to know if they got knocked over or blown over
    if that can happen.
    Thanks again

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    Default Re: Should I get Bees

    Quote Originally Posted by cg3 View Post
    Welcome, 2B. You know you're asking a bunch of beekeepers whether or not to get bees, right? Let me be the first to say- Do it!
    I'll be the second to say it.

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    Default Re: Should I get Bees

    Well, chances are there are honeybees near you (and of course your wife) whether you are keeping them or not. My question is, when you say she is allergic, do you mean a true allergy with systemic reaction (for instance, a sting on the foot can lead to throat swelling, difficulty breathing, etc), or do you mean she has a bad reaction in another way (stung on foot and foot swells terribly and hurts, etc)? And, are you certain it was a honeybee that stung her (not a wasp or similar)? If the reaction is a systemic allergy reaction that could be life threatening, I would discuss the risks with her and see how she feels. Given that you have 16 acres, unless she is actively participating in working with the bees, I can't see that she would interact with them anymore than she does anytime she is outdoors. Normal precautions (such as not walking barefoot outdoors) should be plenty to ensure that she isn't stung.

    Also, my husband hasn't been stung since he was a child, I haven't been stung in many years, and my 3 year old has never been stung. Since we keep bees and live in a rural area, our doctor offered us a prescription for an Epi-Pen to keep on hand in case anyone here (or visiting here) ever has a true emergency reaction (unable to breathe). Your wife probably already has one, but if not she should get one.

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    Default Re: Should I get Bees

    Allergic as in using a EpiPen.
    She got stung last summer on the back of her hand when in the garden. This is the first time she had a reaction.
    She had to go to Urgent Care. Then they gave her something and she had a reaction to that if I'm correct.

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    Default Re: Should I get Bees

    You will probably increase her chances of getting stung as there will be more bees in the garden, but overall I do not equate with having bees on a property to getting stung more.

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    Default Re: Should I get Bees

    So most of us would say do it. I would say before you get bit by the bug get into it slowly. Keeping bee's is worse then a gambling habit. You keep getting more weather you like it or not. These thing are almost as bad as rabbits. You need to keep doubling and before you know it you are at 150 and have to double again. Geez it never stops.

    Anyway welcome to the addition. Go slow.

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteBridwell View Post
    I have 7 hives that are 50' from my back deck and I haven't noticed an increase in bee activity on the deck at all. I'd say go for it.
    Met a guy in the housing development on the other side of the hill from me has noticed bee's that hey had never seen before. So lots of people will notice the increase if even a little.

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    Default Re: Should I get Bees

    Quote Originally Posted by To bee or not to bee View Post
    I want to get a couple hives of bees but my wife is allergic to bees since the last time she got stung.
    We'll have 16 acres half wooded, The wooded area is L shaped with two hay fields, the house in about the middle off to the side.
    I'm not interested in the perfect crime
    What does your wife say? With the sting she already got she must know there is risk either way.

    With the list of reading you are doing it is obvious you have the 'bug' already. I have two hives in my backyard new last year and other than when I mowed by them and originally hived them I didn't really notice an increase in bee activity. I think she is the only one who can really give you the go-ahead.

    Good Luck!

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    Default Re: Should I get Bees

    Quote Originally Posted by Colleen O. View Post
    What does your wife say? ... I think she is the only one who can really give you the go-ahead.
    Exactly.
    I can tell you that in the 8 years I've had bees in the backyard, my wife & daughters haven't been stung by honey bees (have been stung by wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, etc), but, they're okay with me having bees. If your wife is uncomfortable with boxes containing tens of thousands of stinging insects in the yard, you might consider another hobby.

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    Default Re: Should I get Bees

    Before I got bees our yard was full of wasps and hornets. having the bees around actually has reduced the number of these other more aggressive stinging insects. wasps will gather around the entrances to the hives gathering up the dead bees. this tends to keep them from being everywhere else. Nobody has gotten stung by my bees unless they are working at the hive.
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    Default Re: Should I get Bees

    Quote Originally Posted by To bee or not to bee View Post
    I want to get a couple hives of bees but my wife is allergic to bees since the last time she got stung.
    We have 16 acres half wooded, The wooded area is L shaped with two hay fields, the house in about the middle off to the side.
    I'm not interested in the perfect crime
    Years ago, when I first got the bee bug, my eldest was allergic, too, so I found a place away from our homeplace to keep them--the pasture where I was keeping some cows at the time. I fenced the hives off from the cows and it worked out fine. Nowadays, my eldest has kids of his own, so this time I'm keeping my hives outside my back door. Out-yards are common ways to keep bees and would guarantee your bees would not become your wife's problems.

    JMO


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    Default Re: Should I get Bees

    To bee or not to bee,

    I think it "could bee".

    I found my first bee site through Craigslist. I think you could easily find a host for some beehives. You might consider having a storage shed some distance from your house for storing extra boxes and hanging your bee jacket. I have never been stung in my car, garage, or house by bees that followed me home.
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