Bees How Much Backyard Do I Need?

I am buying my first house and have thought about getting into beekeeping as a hobby. I don’t know if I should keep bees in the same backyard that my son will play. How big should my back yard be for one hive?

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3 Responses to Bees How Much Backyard Do I Need?

  1. greasy_r says:

    I wouldn’t worry about your son as much as your neighbors. bees have no interest in messing with people, though sometimes it’s hard to get people to understand how benign they are. Sometimes bees will go to a neighbors pool or birdbath to get water, which can cause friction in the neighborhood.

    50-100 feet is good space to have though if you situate the hive with the entrance pointed at a solid fence or thick bush, the bees will fly up more than out and you can reduce their ‘runway’ space to about 10-15 feet.

    I’vee known people who’ve kept bees in very small urban backyards. Unfortunately, if there’s not enough flowers for them to forage on they may discover the bounty of the dumpster and make trash honey, it’s gross.

  2. Cyrus says:

    You need a place for the hive that your kids won’t disturb, and you need about a hundred feet (fifty in a pinch) of open space in front of the hive entrance. Bees taking off from the hive will fly through that strip, and unpleasant bee encounters can happen there. If the hive box is raised up a few feet (above people-level), the bees will be taking off that height, and not bother with people on the ground (as much).

  3. Vivienne T says:

    I’d recommed taking a beekeeping course first to get the basics. We’ve just got our first hive and we’re glad we’re doing the course too.
    It’s not so much about your garden size as whether other factors are present: sufficient forage, wind direction, water, crops being sprayed. Bees don’t forage near their own hive as this area is contaminated by their "cleansing flights", cos bees have to "go" too.
    If you have a look in your yellow pages or equivalent and find out the name of your local hobby beekeeper you can find out where and when courses are run in your area.

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