I am a year into keeping bees (2 hives) in my backyard, in the middle of a suburban neighborhood in KY. Last summer was a lot of trial and error keeping bees in a neighborhood, primarily trying to keep the bees out of the numerous swimming pools that are adjacent to my property (I'm on an acre, corner lot). Most of my neighbors were very supportive, and patient, but I know there were a few stings along the way that didn't always get reported to me. Now one of my neighbors is very upset because he and his dog recently got stung. And he says the bees were in his pool all summer last year (didn't know that til now, though). He has threatened to take me to court, although beekeeping is legal according the city ordinaces. I think he would make his claim going the "nuisance" route. The whole experience has me not so much worried about this cranky neighbor, but more-so my other neighbors who I do value, and the fact that they may be tolerating more bee activity/problem in their pools than they are willing to admit, because they like me and don't want to complain. I don't want them to be harboring ill will and frustration and be afraid to tell me. It's complicated.
Anyway, I am considering the option of moving at least one of my hives to a more remote location, to avoid damaging any friendships I do have with the neighbors I like, and to show the angry neighbor that I am willing to make a good faith effort to alleviate his concerns (even though he was a huge jerk to us in front of my 5 year old son, and I now secretly wish he'd been stung more than once). So, my question (finally....thank you for hanging in there with me
is this: What are the ramifications of moving a hive this time of year, during what I gather to be a pretty strong nectar flow? I would be moving it to a cattle farm about 6-7 miles from where it is now. Would the bees adjust, or would it drastically set them back? OR, do you think there is any way I can provide enough water in my yard to keep them out of all the neighbors' pools? There is a pool in every direction they fly to forage. I'm wondering if I'm fighting a losing battle trying to keep them out of all the pools. I appreciate any advice and insight you all might have!! and thanks for listening!