Beekeeping is a very interesting hobby and the nice thing about raising honey bees is that they can be raised almost anywhere. Flowers don't always need to be close by, but that does not mean you should keep them away from flowers altogether because if you do then they will need to travel to get to flowers. You should choose a suitable site for bee hives that is quiet, sheltered and shaded. You shouldn’t put them in cold spots because damp air accumulates in wintertime.

Be considerate of your neighbours

Make sure you are considerate of your neighbours because your bees can cause you to get complaints. The bee hives should not be placed at play grounds, cross sidewalks, or any basic public areas. In dry weather, bees may collect water at neighbours swimming pools or other water outlets. To avoid this make sure your bees have a water source in your yard such as a container with floating wood or Styrofoam chips. The floating objects prevent the bees from drowning in the water.

City Slicker bees

Many beekeepers keep bee hives in their own back yards, with others using city roof tops. Honey bees can go a long way when collecting nector and pollen, so flowers close by are not needed although its always convenient. Once nice thing is that most suburban areas have plenty of flowers which allows bees to make good honey.

City beekeepers must take special care so as their bees do not become a nuisance to neighbors, or a problem for that matter, good neighborly relations is what we all want!

Bee stings are always your neighbours biggest concern. So it is very important that beekeepers take care for their bee hives to make sure their neighbours feel safe and comfortable in their own backyards.

You should use protective fencing

A fence provides protection for both bees and people, with a fence being very important for most backyard bee keepers. A 6 ft high fence or shrubs can serve several purposes.

This height for fences forces the bees to fly above the heads of people. Bees normally travel in a straight path to their hive, so their flight path is raised by the fence. A fence reduces the chance of a bee colliding with someone.

Privacy is also needed by bees

If you create an "out of sight - out of mind" situation, you will benefit from it and so will your bees. It's a fact that there will be neighboring people who will be concerned about your bees. A high fence will hide most evidence that you are raising bees. The high fence will also help your hives against high winds.

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