Re: City Bees - pros/cons?
I bought a home last May and the yard is set up nicely for backyard hives. It was a requisite while house hunting.
My other hives are 12 miles away and didn't know the daily goings on of the colonies. I've learned so much now that I have some hives on my property. I've saved weaker colonies that previously lost a few because I couldn't get out there often enough.
I get a different flavor of honey from my backyard bees as the others are in a rural area, and I think maybe more variety of nectars in town.
Cons. Well take the other day when one of the hive stands broke and hive was tipped forward and the medium moved half off deep. Lesson: do not use an end table for a hive stand unless it is temporary for light hive. This one has gotten strong over the summer.
I didn't have the bottom board attached either. I put on my jacket and gloves, went out and first moved super over onto cinder blocks. The deep was tipped forward with entrance on the ground. I lifted, oh man at least 50 lbs and had to move slow, got it up on a stand next to where I was then going to put the bottom board and get them set up in their new spot not more than 2 feet away. The were ticked off! oops, no smoker going. (I was in a hurry as my grandkids were due to be over in about 10 minute).
I had bees all over my ankles and some stings to lower legs and ankles. I stopped and quickly walked away with at least 20-30 bees following. I couldn't walk into the front yard because I didn't want to lead the angry bees out there with kids coming over, and my pooch out there too. Walked around the back yard a bit and then went into the back door patio, some bees following. I must have taken about 10 stings. Called my son and told him to take a 30 minute detour. Went out with smoker and covered ankles, got it all back together and they were much calmer. Kids came, they got inside ok, then we saw my pooch take a sting to her face.
I have an empty lot on the side of the house where the bees are, trees and shrub line back yard. The house on the other side was vacant until recently, and they seem to be ok with the bees. I have the hives on the backside of the shed which is just before the tree/shrub line. None are really out in view unless you walk into my back yard.
"Rule Three of beekeeping...Never cease to feel wonder" Laurie R. King--
March 2010; +/- 30 hives, TF