NOT Thinking about Starting Beekeeping Questions:

Q1: Do beekeepers get stung?

Yes, New beekeepers generally wear veils, suits and gloves to prevent most stings when learning to manage a hive. After building experience and confidence, They work the hives in short pants and a T-shirt then occasionally get stung. ...There is the occasional accident where you may drop a frame of 1000 bees, or drop a hive of 40,000 bees wherein you may end up with more than a few stings. Ouch.

Q2: Do bees die when they sting?

A honeybee stinger has tiny barbs on it, and when the bee stings clothing or flesh the stinger generally gets stuck and is ripped from the bee as it pulls away. As a result, the bee will die as a result. This is not the case for yellowjackets, they are usually the stinging culprits and they can sting over and over with their smooth stinger. Honeybees can sting other insects in defence of the hive and the stinger does not get stuck in insect bodies as they do not have a flesh on bone construction.

Q3: What do I do if a bee stings me or is buzzing me?

If it is flying and buzzing and has not caused pain, Do not make fast movements to swat it as it will be attracted to the fast movement. If outside, move next to a bush a stop moving. You will become invisible to it's compound eyes and it will probably fly away. If you have been stung, look at the sting site for a stinger. It it is present scrape it away quickly to prevent additional venom as the stinger will still inject venom for about a minute after the sting. If you do not find a stinger at the sting site, it was not a honeybee that stung you. If you cannot see the sting site but can only feel it, scrape your fingernail across the site to scrape away a stinger that may be present. As a beekeeper, I keep an antihistamine quick strip in my wallet to use or share in case of a sting. It does not help the minute of pain, but it keeps swelling down as I do not like the itchiness as swelling reduces over a day or two.

Q4: Why Keep honeybees?

       Keeping Chickens produce Eggs and they do not sting?

Actually, many beekeepers also keep chickens. I Don't know why, they just do. Both chickens and Honeybees are social animals. A gentle flock of chickens generally has a dominant rooster, and several laying hens. The flock establish a pecking order that has an effect of position and duties within the flock. When foraging, They will call to share in the bounty. When threatened, they will sound the alert. A backyard flock is generally a few birds to a few dozen birds. Honeybees have a single queen and a diverse set of roles distributed among the workers. The hive is mostly filled with workers that share in a wide variety of tasks. Tasks are not assigned nor vied for, each worker does what it does because the task needs to be done. The tasks taken on are influenced by the age of the bee, the pheromones distributed though the food they share throughout the hive, and the tasks the individual bee recognizes as needing to be done. They dance to share information about foraging opportunities. They smell for alarm pheromone with there antenna and are ready to defend the hive with their hive sisters. A single hive ranges between 10,000 and 60,000 individual bees throughout the season. And about that sting...That dominant rooster will occasionally challenge the egg collector and may find the back of you leg defenseless against a sharpened hardened spur. For a couple of days you will wish that it was simply a honeybee sting.