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    Many of the stings were to his face.

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    Default Re: would you rob your bees without a veil?

    No, no I wouldn't. An ounce of prevention.....

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    Default Re: would you rob your bees without a veil?

    I never work my hives without a veil, PERIOD! You never know when they will get very defensive smoke or no smoke.

    I wonder about the "collect honey from the bees Tuesday night." part. My bees won't let you work them an hour before sunset. I learned that the hard way. I got stung a few times though the jacket but I would have been stung 100's without protection. I can't even check the feeder close to dusk.

    One thing I am learning this year is how to read the bees better. Their attitude can change in seconds.

    I am glad the guy will be ok!

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    The good thing is that bees are safer to keep then goats.

    http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2010/08...link=mirelated

    "Officials say an 88-year-old man died a week after a goat attacked him outside his home in northern Georgia"

    Crazy huh??!!
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    Sometime stupid is hard to explain.....

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    Default Re: would you rob your bees without a veil?

    only if I had a death wish...

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    Default Re: would you rob your bees without a veil?

    My favorite quote from my dad: "If you're gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough."


    Words that I seem to live by.

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    well I dont know what you'all do to the bees but I only use a vail if I have to,I rob, do cut-outs , and work my bees without a veil. when the wend is blowing ,early or late in the day is not the time to do anything withthem. but maybe this 70 year old man knows when and how to work them. good luck rock.

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    Default Re: would you rob your bees without a veil?

    As long as I'm not doing so around dusk or an overcast day, I don't bother.
    The only time I wear a veil is if I am going way deep into the hive, and that is only because the chances of accidently crushing a bee (there-by sending out the alarm) go way up.

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    Default Re: would you rob your bees without a veil?

    A good way to keep your genetics out of the gene pool!

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    Default Re: would you rob your bees without a veil?

    depends on the mood of the bees. but yes i do.

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    Default Re: would you rob your bees without a veil?

    No!, I use a veil. I may be nuts, but I am not crazy.

    Roland

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    Default Re: would you rob your bees without a veil?

    I dont work bees w/out a veil. Might pop some tops for look, but if im getting into the hives and pulling frames a veil is in order. A sting to the eye can cause long term damage
    A government large enough to provide everything you need is strong enough to take everything you have. T. Jefferson

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    Default Re: would you rob your bees without a veil?

    After taking a couple to the face, I figured it out! Bees are an unpridectable insect, they don't leave a don't disturb sign on the hive when they have just fought off a couple wasps or maybe just the wind is blowing the wrong way. Anybody that gets into a hive w/o a veil is just plain nuts.
    I'll watch the landing boards or lift the top to check the syrup, but that's it.
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    Default Re: would you rob your bees without a veil?

    I won't go into my bees at all without a veil. 99.9% of the time it's not needed, but that .1% will mess you up bad if you don't take precautions for it the rest of the time.

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    Default Re: would you rob your bees without a veil?

    I grew up learning from my father who I can not remember seeing him in a veil for years. We were adding supers one day and per normal he was in his bib overalls and no gloves, veil, he did have a smoker "in case". A bee was sitting on the ear piece of his glasses and out of know where it stung him in the corner of his eye on the actual eyeball. as a result he lost his vision in that eye. By the time the sting was done we grabbed the smoker and avoided any aditional stings but it only took the one to put a real damper on the rest of his life.

    Is it really to much work to put a veil on to avoid that freak accident that you might have to dealwith for the rest of your life?

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    Default Re: would you rob your bees without a veil?

    Freak accidents happen, no matter what precautions we take to anticipate them. The trick is to take what life gives you and keep moving forward. Sometimes you may need to crawl, and sometimes you may need to run, but you should always keep moving forward.
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    Default Re: would you rob your bees without a veil?

    there is an answer to all our questions about life. Joe just said it! the epitome of life is moving forward...period
    Last edited by Barry; 09-06-2010 at 01:51 PM.

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    Default Re: would you rob your bees without a veil?

    no sarcasm intended! things just got real clear for a minute

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    Default Re: would you rob your bees without a veil?

    Quote Originally Posted by TGCIII View Post
    there is an answer to all our questions about life. Joe just said it! the epitome of life is moving forward...period
    Is that moving forward with a veil or without?

    Wayne

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