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Offline bwallace23350

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Bee Keeping and Children
« on: April 17, 2017, 10:55:22 AM »
Is 5 to early to start a nephew in beekeeping? He loves my garden and this would just be the next step.

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Re: Bee Keeping and Children
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2017, 11:02:44 AM »
Get him a full suit (preferably ventilated).  Be prepared to close up and go home when he loses interest so he doesn't think it's a chore.
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Re: Bee Keeping and Children
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2017, 12:15:03 PM »
Absolutely protect him with PPE to the Nth degree. When we were beginners I and my 12 yr old made a serious mistake and got lit up. He never recovered from it..... to the point he was having nightmares. He never went back and is now 24 and deployed. Maybe one day he will return to keeping but I doubt it seriously...
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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2017, 01:21:31 PM »
I started when I was seven. Got thrown into deep end. Let him watch first and let himake the decision to do some thing. If he wants to know how the sting fells flick his arm with your figure to make it sting and show him that it goes away after awhile. Don't pretend to him that it does not hurt. Let him know what happens.

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Re: Bee Keeping and Children
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2017, 01:26:59 PM »
In general, to nurture a kid's curiosity is to foster a life of learning.  Specifically, if the kid is curious about bees, go for it.   If a kid is old enough to mind you when you say "please do this" or "don't do that", then he is old enough to get close and learn to not be afraid.

They make full suits to fit lil toddlers.   Let that be your guide.
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Re: Bee Keeping and Children
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2017, 02:30:18 PM »
If he wants to know how the sting fells flick his arm with your figure to make it sting and show him that it goes away after awhile. Don't pretend to him that it does not hurt. Let him know what happens.

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Re: Bee Keeping and Children
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2017, 04:05:58 PM »
Thanks everyone. I will for sure get him the best suite and not let him get hurt.

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Re: Bee Keeping and Children
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2017, 03:43:29 PM »
I threw mine in the deep end so to speak.

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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2017, 04:30:02 PM »
I've had my young kids in suits for years. My kids are currently 8, 6, and 2. I wouldn't say 5 is to young. As long as they have adequate protection and are interested I'd go for it. My apiary is at home. So if they get bored or hot they go inside. For the longest time I only had one suit and they'd fight over who got to go with. So for Christmas this last year we got them both a new suit and gloves.
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Re: Bee Keeping and Children
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2017, 04:48:58 PM »
I've had my young kids in suits for years. My kids are currently 8, 6, and 2. I wouldn't say 5 is to young. As long as they have adequate protection and are interested I'd go for it. My apiary is at home. So if they get bored or hot they go inside. For the longest time I only had one suit and they'd fight over who got to go with. So for Christmas this last year we got them both a new suit and gloves.

Good stuff. I hope he likes it. He is interested in the rest of my garden .

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Re: Bee Keeping and Children
« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2017, 08:12:30 AM »
Is 5 to early to start a nephew in beekeeping?

First ask your brother or sister.
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Re: Bee Keeping and Children
« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2017, 09:20:44 AM »
Is 5 to early to start a nephew in beekeeping?

First ask your brother or sister.

Already did. They are ok with it. They think it is a great idea. They are not outdoors type people but I am so they have let me take over teaching him about things like this because he is really interested in it.

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« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2017, 11:13:06 AM »
Is 5 to early to start a nephew in beekeeping?

First ask your brother or sister.
They are ok with it.
Then you have the only answer you need.  You have no way of knowing what a colony will do when so I would have them wear protection.
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« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2017, 09:15:17 AM »
Is 5 to early to start a nephew in beekeeping?

First ask your brother or sister.
They are ok with it.
Then you have the only answer you need.  You have no way of knowing what a colony will do when so I would have them wear protection.

No worry on that. He will be decked out in full protection with the best suit money can buy. I won't let him go in the summer when it is to hot though as I cna't keep up with how hydrated he is though.