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  1. Bee Forum
    So look, I know this is going to sound crazy. I feel stupid even asking it... I've been a beekeeper for about 6 years now, keeping somewhere between 2 and 8 hives. I'm in Powder Springs, Ga (west of Atlanta). For some reason, this year (ever since the spring) I've had aggressive bees, 50 to 100...
  2. Bee Forum
    Have nasty hive. Always was. Was building swarm cells so I did a 3 way split in hopes the daughters will be better while I wait for my nice hive to get big enough to raise some queens for those hives. Daughters should be laying by now. Understand their temperament is unknown at this time...
  3. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Hello all, I recently reversed two chambers because they filled the second one with all honey and no brood, also I added new honey boxes on top of the brood chambers for harvest. I have two hives. First hive is 100 % Italian bees Second hive is a mixture between Italian and Carolinian. I used...
  4. Beekeeping 101
    Well.. I got my first sting today right behind my ear in the hair line. 30days as a newbie beek. I have noticed that as my 2 hive grows, the bees seem to be more testy and will bump into my head to move away. 1-2 will now often follow me a good 100ft before finally clearing out. Since I'm new...
  5. Bee Forum
    ...IT's angry and in your veil. Fed the little buggers today because "Tropical Storm WTF" has been drenching the mid-Atlantic for the last two weeks (seriously!?). Decided to check a hive that last week had brood but no eggs. It was raining and they were hungry (first mistake). They attacked my...
  6. Bee Forum
    I'm a first year beekeeper and am not sure if I should be concerned or not about a larger than expected reaction to a sting--I've been told contradictory things! Some people I've talked to to have raised the possibility about getting hypersensitivity to stings and so forth. Others have just said...
  7. Beekeeping 101
    That first sting as a beekeeper is a common concern for all new beekeepers. Don't feel bad about being a bit apprehensive about it. But... understand that getting stung is a part of beekeeping. If you are going to keep bees, you will get stung at some point. There are a variety of different...
  8. Beekeeping 101
    This is my third year keeping bees, but my knowledge and skill level are probably that of someone who has been keeping bees for about an hour. :rolleyes: The truth is I am mostly afraid of my bees, especially if they are grumpy. My family and I live on a small farm (we're new farmers) and each...
  9. Bee Forum
    Does one build up a resistance to stings over time, and does that resistance fade away year to year unless you get stung semi-regularly? If so, what have you found to be your general limit to where the stings start to become less and less? (My goal is to go inside my hives will fully graceful...
  10. Apitherapy
    So my back finally gave out again. I have a lumbar disc that's bulging and when that sucker grabs the sciatic nerve in my back/leg it's total agony. I've used bees before and decided to try again. While hiving a swarm last week I took 5 workers and 'applied' them to my waistline where the...
  11. Beekeeping 101
    I remember a post a while back in regard to smoking or not smoking your bees. Some were saying that their bees were so gentle that smoking wasn't necessary. They questioned the necessity of smoking the hive. It seemed that the more experienced beeks were advising on smoking more that not...
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