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  1. #1
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    Default can you have to many hives in one location?

    can you over pollinate?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: can you have to many hives in one location?

    You can have too many in one location, because there is not enough forage for the bees. I've never heard of over pollinating.

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    Default Re: can you have to many hives in one location?

    sure. Its like having too many cows in a pasture. over pollinate is the wrong term. keep it under 24 and you will be fine. forage is a better term.

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    Default Re: can you have to many hives in one location?

    No you won't over pollinate ......but if a grower is paying per hive then you could be overcharging.
    Leer Family Honey Farm-Shannon Leer

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    Default Re: can you have to many hives in one location?

    If your neighbor is nervous, you probably have too many hives in the location. If the landlord's wife is worried, you probably have too many hives. If you have to make more than one trip to that bee yard to add supers because you can't put enough supers on the truck, you probably have too many hives.

    But seriously, if a bee flies up to 2 miles to forage, that radius covers over 8,000 acres. That's a lot of ground, and depending on the forage that's present, and the soil type that supports the forage, including the rainfall, I doubt seriously you're going to run into any problems with overcrowding. And if the soil type won't carry the plants, maybe you need to find a better location rather than worry about hive density.

    The cow analogy is good, but over simplified. In southern Minnesota, we could put 40 cows per acre. In New Mexico, it takes 40 acres just to support one cow...provided she has some good legs on her and she doesn't mind walking.

    Yes, eventually, if you keep adding hives, you'll reach that point of saturation. But it make take several hundred hives to reach that point. Or if you live in the desert, maybe one hive won't make it. There's no right answer...unless your neighbor is nervous.

    Grant
    Jackson, MO
    Beekeeping With Twenty-five Hives: https://www.createspace.com/4152725

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    Default Re: can you have to many hives in one location?

    Quote Originally Posted by adamant View Post
    can you over pollinate?
    Not likely. How many do you want to keep in one yd?
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: can you have to many hives in one location?

    lol I remember that big holding yard in California, what was there, 30k along this one bumpy dirt road, white over the horizon. Cmon guys, the answer is yes depending on function of the yard, and or the quality of the yard as far as honey goes. I think Grant gave an excellent answer. When in doubt, give em a Cargill/Imperial honey flow. lol

  8. #8
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    Default Re: can you have to many hives in one location?

    I would say no. If your willing to feed you can put as many as you want. All depends on what you want to do we average 30 to 300 and sometimes 1000 or so in one location. And if we did as Grant says you would never get any yards. There is always some idiot that is "nervous" of that yard of Honeybees that stalk them and keep them in the house out of their yard. Even though most "bees" are Yellow jackets or wasps. If pollination is being paid for you give the grower what they want as long as they understand the real number that is needed, we have some that get more than a crop needs and they know it. Bees will average 2 miles when there is lots of forage but we have add dye to feed with little forage and had bees 5 miles away bringing it in.

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