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  1. #1
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    Default Urban beekeeping?

    I got on the forum mainly to sell off the items we bought as a production company, but have had my curiousity piqued by all this - and the television show we shot based on beekeeping.

    I live right in the city of Montreal, but by chance saw some beat-up frames out in the trash the other day, on my block. I'm wondering if it is possible that people are keeping hives on their roofs? Is there any such thing as urban beekeeping? Obviously not the image I have of it.

    Plus Montreal is pretty cold in the winter, where would the bees that survive the summer go?

    Thanks!

    CGR

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Urban beekeeping?

    Urban beekeeping is all the rage. Google it.

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    Default Re: Urban beekeeping?

    There was an article in one of the bee magazines a few months ago (can't remember which one) that was all about urban beekeeping . . . in Montreal if I remember correctly. It had hives kept on the roof of a hotel, in addition to a few other houses in the city.

    Hives are kept much further north than Montreal. They will overwinter there too.

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    Default Re: Urban beekeeping?

    Sounds like you need to keep your gear and shoot a show on urban beekeeping. You would be surprised how many beekeepers and thier bees are in town, alot of folks here on this forum have city bees and we have members from around the world. Welcome and wait to sell your gear for a while. jim
    Stop and smell the flowers, 50,000 ladies can't be wrong
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    Default Re: Urban beekeeping?

    I've had bees in town off and on since the 70's. No serious issues. Once in a while some neighbor finally realizes you have bees, but usually they have been there a year by then...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Urban beekeeping?

    Recently moved from Chicago to Virginia and Chicago had tons of urban hives. Chicago is one of the cities with more green roofs than any other city and therefore also many hives on those green roofs.

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    Default Re: Urban beekeeping?

    Backyard beekeeper outnumber commercial beekeepers.
    There is probably a club in you're area.
    Dan

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    Default Re: Urban beekeeping?

    Welcome! It would be good to learn more about bees before going to the media. Correct information is better for beekeeping.
    americasbeekeeper.com
    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

  9. #9
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    Default Re: Urban beekeeping?

    I wrote an article for OpenFile Montreal about urban beekeeping in the Montreal area.

    http://montreal.openfile.ca/montreal...-rise-montreal

    I found Branislav Babic of the McGill Apiculture Association to be a terrific resource.

    http://www.maa-mac.com/

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