Hive Location

There are numerous factors to consider when determining where to place your hive(s) which include they physical location, bee needs, and human needs. A good starting point is to do an internet search to determine if your local community has set guidelines for maintaining hives. Allouez Wisconsin, for one, has a number of rules to be followed.

Location

  • South facing is optimal – early morning wake-up to start foraging
  • Shade in the PM – so the hive doesn’t overheat in summer
  • Access to water – needed to make honey
  • Good air ventilation – so the hive doesn’t get damp
  • Wind block – can be man-made or natural to help hive survive the winter

Bee Needs

  • No obstruction in front of hive – bees like to exit and fly up
  • Slight lean to the front – so rainwater can drain out
  • Pollen and Nectar Sources – for honey production
  • Level side to side – bees don’t care but could hurt honey production

Human Needs

  • Accessible by vehicle or cart – honey and equipment are heavy
  • Permission – check local ordinances and neighbors
  • Accessible from the back of hive – best to work from the back of hive
  • Weeds and Mowing – keep the hive weed free and trimmed

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