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Hive Placement

Hi, it’s Eliese from ABC Bees, here with our final session of Orientation to Hobby Beekeeping. In our previous sessions, we looked at the beekeeping equipment needed to manage a single colony, the types of tools used in beekeeping and their use, as well as their associated costs. We also looked at how bees can be expected to be sold from producers, packages, nucs, singles and doubles, the pros and cons of each, and what is likely the easiest option to start with. 

 

If you haven’t already looked at parts 1 and 2, you’ll want to go back and do that. 

Today, we are going to cover what to look for in an apiary location. We are going to look at different apiary locations in urban and in rural areas. We will discuss considerations of placement, what the bees need for responsible management, and considerations of pets and pests with your hive placement.

 

In this session, we review the hive placement considerations of

  1. Sun
  2. Wind
  3. Predators
  4. Comfort

There is a lot to think about when welcoming honey bees into your life. These 4 considerations will help you assess whether your yard is a good fit for honey bees.

 

 

In your toolkit, you will draw out your property and answer the following questions:

  • Assess at 3 different times of day how the sunlight will move around your yard?
  • Will your potential sites be in the sun? 
  • Is wind going to be an issue? 
  • How about predation? 
  • Will your colony be at a good location to keep bees from flying into you when you are gardening or having a BBQ?

If you are looking to start your own beehive, scale up your production and start selling honey, produce bees for sale to other beekeepers, or simply cultivate more beauty in your life, then I would absolutely love to have you join me for Level One Online Beekeeping Course. I really hope to see you there.

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