Re: Safe Perimeter Around Hive
Bees don't much like the smell of dogs. If the bees are having a bad day they may have a go at the dog even quite some distance from the hive. In my view it is better to allow the dog access to the hives so it learns to associate bee stings with the hives, rather than it gets the odd sting away from the hive and never understands where they come from.
The majority of dogs are pretty tough and suffer no serious effects from bee stings other than the initial pain. Some dogs learn quickly to avoid beehives, but a few get stung many times and never figure it out. If your dog turns out to be one of those, better to fence the hives off, as the second option.
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