Honeybees are not usually aggressive, but they can be!

Placing the Hive

The first point to consider is that although you will love your bees not everyone else will, common sense suggests that you locate your hives as far away from people as you can. Fields and meadows are perfect, but we do not all have a field or meadow at our disposal, therefore gardens are good.

Flight line of the bees is a key factor to consider, and by that I mean that the bees are efficient in everything that they do and that includes making a “Bee Line” or the most direct flight path in and out of the hive.

Shade

This is something to consider when you decide what sort of beekeeper you want to be (link). If you just want bees and some honey for yourselves, you need to place the hives in dappled shade. Bees love the sunshine, if they are in permanent shade they do not leave to forage as quickly as they would if the entrance is in direct sunlight.

Fresh Water

Bees need water. They use it in the honey making process and all that flying, and hive work makes them thirsty.

Wind

Can destroy hives. We at TreeBee have all our hives anchored down all year. We learnt the hard way so you do not have too. Hives blow over in the wind, the bees get really upset and if you do not get to them quick enough, they will die in terrible weather.

Access

We already discussed in module (link) about the weight of hives and in particular honey supers. If you are keeping bees at home, this is less of an issue as a trolley truck or clean/lined wheelbarrow can be used to move the supers for harvesting.