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    Default How many hive can fit in a 1 acre bee yard

    I have 1 acre I can make in to a bee yard I was just wondering how many hives could fit



    thanks allan
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    Default Re: How many hive can fit in a 1 acre bee yard

    alen
    what kind of forage is around?
    Any other beeyards around?
    Good luck willie
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    Default Re: How many hive can fit in a 1 acre bee yard

    Bees may forage in a radius of up to 2 miles or so. (Studies report varying numbers for forage distance.) In any case, that potential forage area encompasses at least 8,000 acres. So whether your apiary is on half an acre or 100 acres, it is the surrounding 7,900 acres that make the difference.

    I'll stick my neck out and say that you may want to build up to 10 - 20 hives at one location and study what happens to average hive production as you add more hives in that same location.
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    Default Re: How many hive can fit in a 1 acre bee yard

    it is in the country in Alabama plenty of woods and cotton and no other beeyards that I know of
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    Default Re: How many hive can fit in a 1 acre bee yard

    As others have said, it's the forage in the 2-3 mile radius and competition you would need to look at. A beek outside of Tuscaloosa told my buddy that the hives close to wetlands and bottoms were the best producers. I suppose that is because the constant source of water allowed flowering despite dry spells. If you had a lot of clearcut, old growth and wetlands in your area i'm betting that number would get pretty high. You won't really know until you start watching their production.

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    Default Re: How many hive can fit in a 1 acre bee yard

    Funny, I was just sharing this wish a local beek. Here's a tool that I grabbed from another post. It will help you to visualize the forage radius.

    http://www.freemaptools.com/radius-around-point.htm
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    Default Re: How many hive can fit in a 1 acre bee yard

    One Acre is about 209ft X 209ft or 2508inch X 2508inch = 6290064 square inch
    Now a hive is 19.875 X 16.25 = 323 square inches
    Now 6290064 divided by 323 = 19473 hives could fit on one acre

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    Default Re: How many hive can fit in a 1 acre bee yard

    Danno is right on assuming 10 frame hives.

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    Default Re: How many hive can fit in a 1 acre bee yard

    Quote Originally Posted by danno View Post
    One Acre is about 209ft X 209ft or 2508inch X 2508inch = 6290064 square inchNow a hive is 19.875 X 16.25 = 323 square inchesNow 6290064 divided by 323 = 19473 hives could fit on one acre
    Wouldn't you have to stand on top of the hives to work them? This sounds problematic to me. Maybe you should figure in some access space.

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    Default Re: How many hive can fit in a 1 acre bee yard

    Quote Originally Posted by danno View Post
    One Acre is about 209ft X 209ft or 2508inch X 2508inch = 6290064 square inch
    Now a hive is 19.875 X 16.25 = 323 square inches
    Now 6290064 divided by 323 = 19473 hives could fit on one acre
    lol that is a lot of hives

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    Default Re: How many hive can fit in a 1 acre bee yard

    Who says the hives all have to be on the ground, level? Many more than the suggested number could be accommodated, if some of them are stacked, or on shelves of various heights. It would even take care of the access to the hives, issue.

    Of course, my acre is only 0.98/acre and it includes my dwelling, garden, greenhouse, koi pond, driveway, etc. I am trying to achieve a count of 30 full size colonies, and 100 nucs. So far, I've achieved about half my goal of each. Our local weather determines whether I need to feed, or not, to maintain their strength.

    To answer your question without reservation, you can literally fit an extremely large number of colonies on a single acre. It all depends on what you are willing to do to accommodate their needs.
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    Default Re: How many hive can fit in a 1 acre bee yard

    I have 125 colonies on one acre in Florida. They are surrounded by pepper right now so I am hoping that is enough but nonetheless, afterwards, I will be feeding.

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    Default Re: How many hive can fit in a 1 acre bee yard

    Quote Originally Posted by allan View Post
    I have 1 acre I can make in to a bee yard I was just wondering how many hives could fit
    thanks allan
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    Default Re: How many hive can fit in a 1 acre bee yard

    Quote Originally Posted by danno View Post
    One Acre is about 209ft X 209ft or 2508inch X 2508inch = 6290064 square inch
    Now a hive is 19.875 X 16.25 = 323 square inches
    Now 6290064 divided by 323 = 19473 hives could fit on one acre
    But you need room around each of them to work them.
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    Default Re: How many hive can fit in a 1 acre bee yard

    How many people fit on one acre of land?

    It depends on how high you stack them.
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    Default Re: How many hive can fit in a 1 acre bee yard

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    How many people fit on one acre of land?

    It depends on how high you stack them.
    lol that is true

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    Default Re: How many hive can fit in a 1 acre bee yard

    A friend of mine says that all of the people in the world would fit into 3 cubic acres of space.
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    Default Re: How many hive can fit in a 1 acre bee yard

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    But you need room around each of them to work them.
    This one is easy.Just stand the colonies on end with the entrances facing up.That allows room to work between them if you have small feet..

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    Default Re: How many hive can fit in a 1 acre bee yard

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    A friend of mine says that all of the people in the world would fit into 3 cubic acres of space.
    Can I be on the outside row, please?

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    Default Re: How many hive can fit in a 1 acre bee yard

    Quote Originally Posted by ccar2000 View Post
    Funny, I was just sharing this wish a local beek. Here's a tool that I grabbed from another post. It will help you to visualize the forage radius.

    http://www.freemaptools.com/radius-around-point.htm
    neat i never thought to do this on google earth, wow my bees have a lot more access to water than i thought, one huge lake is only 1km away and and a river and pond less than that, also i reach all the fields around me so there is far more clover than i had previously thought, next spring i need more hives i guess.

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