(Note: I tried posting this in Beekeeping 101 but for some reason it wouldn't let me post a topic. Please move this, sorry!)
What are your suggestions for securing an apiary? The property that our hives could potentially be located on would be completely fenced in; however, it'd be within sight of pedestrians and cars on a road at least 100-150 feet away from the hives.
Would the fencing alone be sufficient? We are concerned about vandalism, theft of the hive, etc because of media reports on malicious actions against beehives (nationally, we do not believe there are any issues in the local area). Are these concerns warranted?
Thanks for replying! I didn't mean malicious activity in the area specifically, but in general (e.g. on national news I've seen a couple beehives be vandalized by being lit on fire and the owners losing their hives).
Then I wouldn't worry about it. I see unsecured hives from the road all the time. If you have an alternate place that is secluded, that obviously preferrable, but if not, you gotta do what you gotta do. I don't think I'd worry about vandalism that was three states away...
Worry about what you can control. You can stick some stockade fence around 3 sides if you want to have nobody see them. Yea some punks could go and kick them over. they could do a lot of things. but its not an internet trend. Thefts are usually larger yards not individual ones.
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