Re: Latest in Darwinian Beekeeping
Originally Posted by drummerboy
I got six yards at the moment for just 10 live units.
Wanting to call farmer nearby (she is looking for a bee hive to host) - if lucky, that will make it seven yards.
The biggest yard for now is my back yard - 4 units - too many.
Someone already wrote an anonymous complaint about my backyard bees pestering them (during the heaviest yellow jacket season - of course - it figures).
My maximum single yard target population - three units.
If have more units at a single site, I will move some units do an alternate location.
The target minimum single yard population - two units; not always possible but I try for it.
I am trying to keep hives 5-10 meters away from each other at any single location (not always possible but trying; the little backyard is a problem).
The key is selecting the locations strategically and efficiently.
All my yards are located along my typical daily routes and I often just check the bees after taking kids to school, etc.
The longest drive is no more than 5 miles one way directly.
Also, the yards are located so that I can just make one circular drive and hit all of my yards at once (the entire round-trip drive is under 20 miles).
All it is to it.
The biggest reason I am doing this - apiary redundancy and avoiding feed-lot types of situations (again - not natural for the bees) .
Last edited by GregV; 01-14-2019 at 10:20 AM.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.