How many acres would 1000 hives need to be healthy, honey producing hives? Could 1000 hives be kept on one property, spread out in 10-12 bee yards? I am hoping to invest in my own, fairly large, beekeeping operation. I want to operate a hybrid of a pollination/honey producing bee farm. The area I live in has tons of blueberry, apple, cherry, strawberry, blackberry, pumpkin, and other fruit farms. There are also a number of dairy farms in the area. I am under the impression dairy farmers like having beekeepers keep a beeyard on site, to help them pollinate and increase their cover/grazing crop, i.e. clover, alfa etc... I hope to have beeyards spread out on different fruit and dairy farms under contract, while keeping a portion of the bee's on my own property(s), allowing them to forage for nectar on clover and other wildflowers. I want to bottle and retail my own honey, making honey the main source of revenue, while also offering a pollination service to local farmers. What kind of acreage do I need to make this sort of bee farm a reality? Would it be better to purchase a number of smaller properties that are spread out?