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    In terms of location, don't let the bees flight path go over a line of washing, or you will not be very popular.
    Bee-poo spattered washing does not win friends.
    One of the things to learn before you have bees is confidence with handling them. The sight of 40,000 bees at once can be too much for some folk. Also, of course, whether you or any of your family are allergic to them.
    You can tuck your jeans into your wellies but make sure your zip is fastened A suit gives you confidence that you are safe and won't find a bee crawling up your body when you need to concentrate on other things.
    Confident, experienced beekeepers don't wear gloves - or shoes or anything much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy View Post
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    Also why do you need a suit.
    Would jeans tucked into your socks or bicycle clips not work ?
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    You'll need boots or wellies - socks are not sting-proof. Also, when bees settle on something they will walk upwards, so you need to consider any gap where your jeans end and shirt/jumper etc begin. An all-in-one bee suit or a boiler suit with a zip is a good idea to begin with. It won't stop you feeling stings, but the bees can't get inside your clothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy View Post
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    Also why do you need a suit.
    Would jeans tucked into your socks or bicycle clips not work ?
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    I managed without a suit for several years but you are going to get stung if you are working on a hive with the sort of dress you describe - as long as you don't mind that you can manage. Some bees will sting you through a double layer of clothing - it can be a bit disconcerting with 1000's of them buzzing round you and one sting will set the others off via scent.

    Best to try things out with a friendly neighboring beekeeper, if you really need to keep costs down, as its not everyone's cup of tea.

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    I definitely recommend attending at least a couple of local association meetings during the summer when most have Apiary days. You can borrow a suit from one of the members and just find out how you feel about being around 50,000 tetchy buzzing potentially stinging insects. Ask lots of questions and be prepared for some conflicting answers depending on how many beekeepers you speak to!

    And here's a joke I heard (and like the best jokes, has more than an element of truth about it...):
    Q - what's the difference between crack cocaine and beekeeping?
    A - Eventually you die from crack and stop spending money.
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    I have just finished giving a series of three 90 minute sessions (with another beekeeper) for aspiring beekeepers. Held at our Association Apiary, the sessions are for up to 10 people and we provide a jacket and veil and gloves. A short discussion on bee biology (drones, workers ,queens, eggs brood etc) then open up a couple of 5 frame nucs ( likely to be more docile than a full hive) - pass round comb so participants can see what bees and honey and combs look like.

    Talk about handling bees, types of hives, costs, weights to be lifted with an emphasis on handling hive boxes and the need for a good spine - and when best to start/training etc.
    Runs for about 100 minutes minutes with questions. No-one stung yet..
    All free.

    In addition aspiring beekeepers can come free to our weekly inspections at our apiary through the season. (How I learned my beekeeping).

    I am mentoring two of prior participants who have started late this year..The joys...
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    ^Brilliant, Madasafish. That's a tremendous contribution to bee conservation and beekeeeper education. Congratulations and best wishes.
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