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    Bee Swarm Number 2

    Some of you may know that a few weeks ago we captured a bee swarm - those are doing nicely in the hive we got for them - today took a walk and found some more !! Yipee !! The next swarm I'm taking home with me for my garden....




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    Another contribution to zoo-keeper mattx's menagerie! Enjoy the honey

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    Looks like the perfect thing to leave in a particularly annoying colleagues car!

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    kill them, killl them alll!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    So what is it? Is it just a homeless bunch of bees travelling around together?

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    "And it was on this day that mattx embarked on the road to Evil Overlord-ism....."

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    So what is it? Is it just a homeless bunch of bees travelling around together?
    "Spare some change for some nectar, Guv?"

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    I fancy giving beekeeping a go. How do I start?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GangrelChilde View Post
    I fancy giving beekeeping a go. How do I start?
    This might be worth a look - Beekeeping - First Steps to be a Beekeeper - How to Get Started in Beekeeping - thedailygreen.com

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    Just an update - the lot we got yesterday swarmed again - just spent the last hour getting them back !!
    This time made up a slightly better temp hive - will show you pics later. I'm off to the chemist to get some Piriton as I was stung yesterday and my arm has swelled quite a bit and I feel rather ill. Quite weird considering I've been stung loads of times already this year !!

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    Interesting that you hav so many bees flying about homeless I wonder what is causing it.

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    I'm off to the chemist to get some Piriton as I was stung yesterday and my arm has swelled quite a bit and I feel rather ill. Quite weird considering I've been stung loads of times already this year !!
    Anyhow I would keep a close eye on this as certain allergies can be compounding and you can start to develop them after lots of exposure to the allergin BEE STINGS - Allergy Guide meaning that if you are begining to be affected like that you may need to be more careful about bee stings in future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    Interesting that you hav so many bees flying about homeless I wonder what is causing it.
    It's them cellphones I tell you!

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    As promised some videos - will get pictures off later - managed to get a Docs appointment for this evening as yesterday's sting on my arm has not improved, it's red raw and itchy and I feel like krap which is rather odd.

    Here we are - walking down with them to the new hive.

    http://www.youtube.com/mattx27#p/u/0/6X9IGqef1Jo

    Placing them into the new hive.

    http://www.youtube.com/mattx27#p/u/1/SU0KsxsxunA

    Watching the bees fanning the entrance....

    http://www.youtube.com/mattx27#p/u/3/LPlrmj7NyaQ

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    It sounds like you need a beekeeper's suit.. and possibly an epi pen. Don't wait for the doctor's appointment if you feel you are getting worse; go straight to A&E.

    I'm horribly alleregic to stings:
    - bee stings respond well to a baking soda and water paste
    - wasp stings to vinegar

    When having to increase the level of treatment - hydrocortisone cream works well.

    Hope you feel better soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    It sounds like you need a beekeeper's suit.. and possibly an epi pen. Don't wait for the doctor's appointment if you feel you are getting worse; go straight to A&E.

    I'm horribly alleregic to stings:
    - bee stings respond well to a baking soda and water paste
    - wasp stings to vinegar

    When having to increase the level of treatment - hydrocortisone cream works well.

    Hope you feel better soon.
    Strange thing though, I've been stung over 5 times over the past 6 to 8 weeks and only this time it's made me feel ill and the area around the sting red, very warm and itchy. I've been stung on the head, on my arm, on my chest not really bothered me, this time it has really got to me which I just can't work out why. It's all very odd.

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    You can't have an allergic reaction to something on first contact. The reaction happens after subsequent exposures. Five stings is quite a lot and your body has clearly decided to start objecting to them. With me I swell and feel ill - my father got breathing difficulties after a bee sting and had to be hospitalised. Take care!

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