I want to keep a hive in my yard and make it a little safer to have around my kids. The best position is in the chook run under some fruit trees, this means that the kids would be walking past each day to water trees or to pick fruit.
I have considered facing the entrance towards the fence (which is a solid colourbond fence) so that guard bees are not an issue. People often talk about placing a screen in front of the entrance to raise the bee flight path. Next door to us there is a vacant paddock. This got me thinking...
Could I make the entrance out of PVC pipe and have it go up and over the fence in a periscope shape? That way the bee flight path would be high and not be crossing my yard at all? The guard bees would be out of sight of my kids? Also, as the pipe would go over my fence the bee flight path would be high enough that anyone walking a dog should not be bothered.
If this works, would I need to drill little holes in the pipe for ventilation and to stop condensation?
I once saw a display hive in a shop with one of these entrances that went out the window, so I know they can work, but am not sure if they would only work short term? The one in the shop had clear pipe, do you think it needs to be clear so they can see or would white plastic pipe work?