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Hello!!! I am so happy to have found this forum and cannot WAIT to get reading everything that I can. I am a young wife and mother and my husband and I have a dream of becoming homesteaders in the next 5 years. Something I have been dreaming of is learning to keep honey bees first and foremost for environmental reasons, and second to have a trade-able item (honey). Maybe even be able to set up at my local farmer's market at some point in the future.

I am trading for my first hive - a top bar. I am so excited! I would like to build up and get a few different kinds to experiment to see which ones I like best. I have read lots of good things about the top bar - anyone with experience willing to give me some advice? Some information I am looking to find out right away is all the extra supplies that I need to get started. I have been watching YouTube videos and see that not everyone uses a suit/veil with the top bar ... true? Or is this reckless?

I appreciate all info and looking forward to learning and meeting new people! =)
 

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Great! Thanks for the idea!!
My wife got interested in keeping bees and told our stock broker. It turned out he keeps bees. He invited us over, loaned her a bee suit, and they dove into his back yard hive. I watched my wife fall in love with the little rascals right then and there. I wish I'd had a camera to watch the little-girl joy spread on her face.

I think you're gonna like it.
 

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Hidey ho there neighbor. I agree with raider at least a veil, I know one guy blind in one eye from a bee sting. I would go ahead and get a suit at least until you are comfortable around them. They are like a horse they can tell when you are nervous and get more agressive.
 

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Welcome from just down the road (Interstate). I would begin with a veil & suit. Getting stung will probably take the fun out of it for you. Dig through the endless posts on this site (a lot of combined knowledge on Bee Source), join a local bee club, and find a mentor to help you get going. There will likely be someone close to you that would be willing to help out a new beek.
 

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Welcome! You could compromise and just get a half suit with veil - like a canvas pullover with a zipper attached veil. I have one and feel its cooler and easier to manuver in. Most importantly - have fun!
 

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Welcome! You could compromise and just get a half suit with veil - like a canvas pullover with a zipper attached veil. I have one and feel its cooler and easier to manuver in. Most importantly - have fun!
You can also use a tyvek suit-very cheap-$8 bucks or so. They can be hot and tear easily but you can patch them with duct tape. Bees might sting through it when it gets wellworn but it is a light sting.
 
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