Re: Suburban Hive Location
I used to keep a couple full size hives in my back yard. The neighbors knew about them and had no trouble. I did make sure to requeen every year to avoid creating swarms that could easily freak out the uninititated.
The only reason I moved them is I had SHB issues and the back yard is 75% shade. I do still use my back yard for settling captured swarms and keeping weaker nucs (avoids the full size hives that can sometimes rob them). For teh first time, I did have a neighborhood boy get stung on the ear when he ran right in front of a nuc this Fall though. No further issues but I'll keep them nearer the creek away from playing kids next year. If something goes wrong you'll get pretty uncomfortable.
From what your describing I think you'll do fine but, it's good to have a back up location planned if there are any problems.
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