Can't be done with my bees where I am at!
Tai Chi requires it and so does messing with bees. In fact, I can think of no better way to be in the moment than having our heads inside a colony of honeybees.
The less work intended the less protective gear I'll wear...within reason. I always wear a veil, because I don't like it when bees get between my eyes and glasses. I always wear a full suit whenever company is near.....as such distractions can remove us from "being in the moment" resulting in stings.....and whenever digging to the bottom of any colony....One never knows what to expect when opening a hive, but you'd better be thinking about the task at hand or the bees will know it. That's just one of the reasons why I love beekeeping, it keeps me in the NOW.
I live in the country, I prefer to blow through stop signs without looking. I am more comfortable tat way.
It is hard to design a safety net that some will not use as a hammock.
I think many people would have productivity issues with the dead slow methods. If you are going to go thru a number of hives close together the upset can be contagious. The issue of something a bit accidental happening or a total black swan event could get an unprotected person stung up beyond their bodies safe tolerance level. I know one keeper who accidentally dumped a deep of bee frames on the ground when he absentmindedly picked up a box wrong way which had been stood on its end....
We all have different responses to controlling risk. Some are rewarded by feeling they are on the safe side and some are energized by knowing they are taking a risk but getting away with it. I would personally say that would vary with me from day to day with the mood of the moment. Generally though I am not an adrenaline addict.
Always use smoke ,always in a full suit and gloves.
I don’t mind the suit on hot days. The suit lets me work; carrying boxes, bending down, slight bumps in the boxes.
Gloves: leather. I’m a bass player so I can’t afford a sting on my hands or fingers.
I like the comfort factor and confidence the suit brings. I just do my thing.
My bees have been super calm, especially around my wife, who goes in with vail only.
I’m not that brave.
Clark Westfied 1st year beekeeper
So just yesterday I dropped a deep off of the back of my truck. I happened when i lifted the top box (it was a double deep hive), and I somehow missed that the bottom one was propolised to the top one. So I lifted both without realizing, and the bottom one fell off after it was clear of the truck.
I was glad I was wearing a full suit.
It was not the first time I have dropped a box, I did it once before.
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
It's always those times when - "oh I just need to pop the lid off and do something quick" that gets me. Then there's the "I have a bee in my long hair problem". Don't even get me started.
I'm smart but at the end of the day I'm still the help.
Depends on how the bees are that day and how long you are in the hive. Some days the bees are really docile, but sometimes they are a bit testy. Even when they are amiable, if I have been in for over 15 minutes, I get the feeling they are saying "DUDE, finish it up!"
I ALWAYS wear face protection.
IF you don't wear gloves the bees are way nicer.
NCSBA Certified Beekeeper 2nd yr 15 hives
Use a smoker if you want less protection. Wear a veil at least is a good idea. Use your common sense if its grey and drizzly or overcast suit up. If full sun use less. Keep an eye out for skunk or other pest disturbances.
I always fully suit up and almost always smoke the bees. I want to be able to move through my hives quickly, which, being fully protected allows me to do. And also you never know when an accident might happen or a hive turned pissy. I hardly ever squish a bee, either. Personally, I have never equated working without protection as somehow being a better bee keeper. In fact, I think the opposite is true.
(1975-1980, and now since 2011; maintain about 10 hives; Zone 5b; 15" rain; 5500')
Scary thing is it could have been me. both times I was thru that intersection 15 min prior to the crash
Hey shinbone, you got bees in those boxes, or did you stack up all your extra supers to make the rest of us jealous?
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.