Backyard beekeeping is truly a hobby for everyone because bees are not dependent on foraging material that is found nearby. If you are worrying that your bees might starve because there are few flower patches in your immediate vicinity, don’t. You will be enjoying wonderful backyard beekeeping no time.
Bees are excellent at flying and foraging insects and it is fairly common for a healthy honeybee to travel for miles in search of suitable source of pollen and nectar. The honeybee is capable of locating suitable foraging material whether it’s spring, summer, fall or winter (yes, honeybees can still fly out during winter!).
The Challenges of Backyard Beekeeping
The biggest challenge when it comes to “backyard beekeeping” is convincing your neighbors that they are safe even if you have a wooden hive nearby. The first thing that you should do before buying honeybees and a Langstroth hive is installing a tall enough fence in your new “bee yard”.The Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden
The new fence has to be at least 6 feet in height. Apart from reducing the visibility of your yard, tall fences also force honeybees to fly at a certain height. You wouldn’t want them flying below the height of an average person – people might think the bees are after them!
Bees also need plenty of water to drink. The main reason why honeybees visit places like kiddie pools is that they do not have any clean water to drink nearby. In the absence of an adequate water source, they try to manage their situation by drinking from sources outside your yard.
This might cause problems with your neighbors. To remedy this you may want to place a pebble-filled pail near your hive. Fill the small pail with just enough water to slightly submerge the pebbles. The pebbles will serve as footholds for the honeybees when they are drinking.
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