I live in the city and beekeeping is legal here, and the ordinance is silent on how many hives a person can have. To keep my backyard as usable by humans as possible, I put my bees on a bit of a side yard. The hive is about 8 feet from my 6 foot privacy fence facing into my property to minimize the risk of my neighbors having interactions with them, and it was never an issue last year. Last year everything went well and everyone is happy.
This year I was hoping to add to my apiary by adding another colony to that space. I had ordered a nice overwintered nuc last fall because I wasn't sure if my bees would overwinter and I figured if they didn't, I'd have the nuc, and if they did I would just have 2 hives. So far so good, my colony is still going so I started to make plans to add the second colony to my yard. I told my mentor what I was planning to do and I was a little surprised to receive dire warnings about it. He acted like I was nuts to want to put another colony in there. I've seen lots of people with 2 colonies on city lots so I wasn't really worried about it but he seemed to think that having 2 full strength hives at my house would be dangerous and "a lot more potential for interaction" which means he thinks someone will be WAY more likely to get stung just going about their business.
He suggests that since I would like to keep a nuc on the side as well if I have a chance to make one, that I just keep one of these colonies as a nuc and that would be better. I'm not really a fan of this plan because I paid a pretty decent sum of money for this overwintered nuc, I kinda wanted to use it to make a full strength colony, not choke it back. I had planned to maybe use a split as my little nuc on the side.
I've polled a couple other local beekeepers I know but they're all pretty new, like me. Wondering what a larger group of beeks would say, so that's why I'm posting here. I know a lot depends on the bees' temperament and I know the colony that is already here is very docile and gentle. Obviously the surest way to make sure no one gets stung is to not have bees...but I enjoy being a beekeeper so that ship has sailed
Thanks in advance for any advice!