Some people keep bees on their condo's balcony. That's not much room at all.
That is plenty of room to place the hives. Personally I wouldn't want them 6-10' away from a pool my kids would be using for the summer. That is a personal opinion, again its plenty of room for the hives. Just a question of if you want to take the risk of your kids getting stung or not. Its highly probable they wouldn't but there is always a chance with all of the movement.So, First questions inbound:
1) How much room do I need for keeping 2 hives?? I have a small backyard, and would need to keep my hives on one end (I have about 12' by 12' area that I could try and use in the eastern corner of my backyard). It is shaded in the early morning, and gets full sun for most of the day.
2) the rest of our backyard is taken up by a swimming pool and a Falconry Mews. How much trouble would having 2 beehives 6-10 feet away from the swimming pool be?? We enjoy using our pool every summer, and don't really want to impact that with kamikaze bees. The pool sits in the middle of the backyard.
Thanks for your help, and I look forward to sharing the information with my parents.
PS–which books do you recommend for my apiculture library??
if the hives are only 10' from the pool? yes, I definitlly think at some time or other over the course of the summer an issue will come up. 10' is not very far at all. your better to place those hives off in a corner somewhere as far away from the noise and splashing tht the kids are going to be doing in the pool. Then again I may be an alarmist. the bees i have right now are very passive but they say when fall approaches or during a dearth of nectar...they can get real cranky hot. What about the roof???? anywhere you can place the hives on a roof?you don't' think that would be an issue??