I'm a newbie looking for a location to put my 1st hives on my 25 acres which most is wooded. I think I have only one option which is a 5 acre over grown field that I will strait reclaiming this summer and could get to most of it with my JD. The sun hits here around 630 am and stays there probably till 3:30 pm. However it is about 700 yards from the house and no electricity and I'm pretty sure I'm going to need a electric fence for bear.
The other place would be close to the house. But full sun would not hit hives till 8:30 - 9:00 am and last till 2-3 pm. We're up at around 1400 ft and gets a bit nippy in the mornings.
Would love to do near the house and not need to spend an additional $300 on a solar fence..
I plan on ratchet strapping the hives to keep them being torn apart.

Any feed back would be helpful....