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Tips on Beehive Location

As your bees' real estate broker, you'll need to make sure that they and your neighbors are as comfortable as possible.
  • Storey's Guide to Keeping Bees

    In "Storey's Guide to Keeping Honey Bees," Malcolm Sanford and Richard Bonney give necessary tips to raising your own honey. Here, they give us tips on choosing a hive location. Determining where to place a hive can be obvious because of limitations, but keep your options open. The best way is to look at sites from the bees' point of view. 

    Date Published: March 6, 2018
    Date Updated: August 14, 2018
  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind

    "The closer your hives are to your residence, the better," say Sanford and Bonney. Having a colony nearby ensures you'll visit more often. "Casual visits are important, even if you don't open the hives. You can learn much simply by observing the entrance." 

    Date Published: March 6, 2018
    Date Updated: August 14, 2018
  • Avoid Vandalism

    "Isolated beehives can attract the attention of vandals, vagrants, bored kids, and thieves," the authors say. "Colonies have been stolen in their entirety, pelted with rocks, tipped over, targeted with gunshot, and tossed into rivers." Keep your hives where you can see them easily. Camoflaging them behind shrubbery or behind a fence isn't a bad idea, either. 

    Date Published: March 6, 2018
    Date Updated: August 14, 2018
  • Leave Room to Work

    It takes space to work with your bee colonies, so be careful of placing them too closely together. Always make sure you have enough space between colonies to work without disturbing those nearby. 

    Date Published: March 6, 2018
    Date Updated: August 14, 2018
  • Stay Level

    Colonies always need to be on level ground. Honey is heavy and moving it is difficult, so the help of wheelbarrows, hand trucks, and lifts may be needed to move filled supers. 

    Date Published: March 6, 2018
    Date Updated: August 14, 2018
  • Consider Neighbors

    Urban beekeeping risks the concern of neighbors. Look up local regulations dealing with keeping bees or animals in your area. If there are difficult restrictions, consider writing up a specific ordinance for your situation. Many local and state beekeepers' associations will help with this and have model ordinances available. 

    Date Published: March 6, 2018
    Date Updated: August 14, 2018
  • Place Carefully

    "If near buildings, locte hives away from entrances and lines of foot traffic," say Sanford and Bonney. "Hive entrances should face away from heavily traveled areas."

    Date Published: March 6, 2018
    Date Updated: August 14, 2018
  • Provide a Water Source

    "If there is no natural water source nearby, and especially if swimming pools are in the vicinity, place a tub of water in the apiary," say Sanford and Bonney. Add wood floats to prevent the bees from drowning. Change the water occasionally to avoid stagnation and mosquito breeding. Train your bees to use your water sources by adding a tiny ammount of an attractant like lemongrass essential oil or a little bit of salt or tree bark. 

    Date Published: March 6, 2018
    Date Updated: August 14, 2018

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