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Setting Up Your Bee Yard: Choosing the Location

By Mindy03
October 12, 2011

You have decided to become a beekeeper. Congratulations and welcome to a fascinating hobby. Your next step is to decide where to put your bee yard. Let's take a look at choosing a location.

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Oct 11, 2011 9:22 PM CST
Another great bee article Margaret. '
We had a pond in one of our pastures that wasn't far from the hives. We kept the hives at the edge of our small fruit tree orchard.
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
Oct 12, 2011 8:09 AM CST
Thank you Lynn. Some of our hives are behind our fruit trees here.

I really appreciate hearing from those of you have had had bees.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Oct 12, 2011 9:02 AM CST
We loved out bees. With the exception of one new hive we brought home, all of them were very calm and not aggressive at all.
We had to burn the new hive. We made the mistake of not checking the hive internally before bringing it home. We had them several days before Cliff had the chance to open the hive up.
As soon as he took the lid off he knew something wasn't right. It had a terrible odor. He called the county inspector to come check it out. Sure enough it was a diseased hive, that is probably why they were aggressive.
We medicated out other hives just to make sure they stayed healthy. Lesson learned.
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Beekeeper
Seed Starter Permaculture Region: Kentucky Garden Ideas: Master Level
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Mindy03
Oct 12, 2011 11:46 AM CST
Ouch on that diseased hive. That's why it's important to check your source for bees before you buy them. The man we got ours from showed my husband the bees he was getting before he put them in the hive he took with him. It's also important if you are buying used equipment to make sure it's disease free as some of the diseases can live in the hive body and tools for a long time.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Oct 12, 2011 3:22 PM CST
It was a sad lesson to learn, that's for sure. Many years ago. That was early in our adventure with bees. We learned so much for our County bee guy, he was such a knowledgeable person and loved helping people get started.
We are really lucky to have some one like you here at ATP to keep new bee owners from making the mistake we made. Thumbs up
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Beekeeper
Seed Starter Permaculture Region: Kentucky Garden Ideas: Master Level
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Mindy03
Oct 12, 2011 5:20 PM CST
*Blush* Lovey dubby
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Oct 12, 2011 5:34 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.

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