Re: Keeping hives close to land lines?
i would consider making splits this year and try keeping them in the home yard. if you get queens mated then those good bees of yours might be smarter than the martins and you won't have to worry about it. if you don't get mated queens then you could combine your splits back to their parent hives and come up with your plan b. it would be good to know, because all of your colonies will have to raise a new queen from time to time.
i've got mockingbirds that stalk my hives during queen mating season. i'll find a colony here and there from which the queen has disappeared, but most of them tend to make it back from mating.
beekeeping since june 2010, +/- 20 hives, tf