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Honey Bees

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Hi all,

Just a quick question to those of you who keep honey bees. I don’t know anything about keeping bees.

Can you get a hive and just leave it to it’s own devices? I am not interested in harvesting honey but wondered if a hive that is not managed would survive.

Be grateful for any comments.

Thanks.

     
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Hi alibumble,

Yes, but it would probably last just ~2years due to parasites (particularly the Varroa Mite) and diseases.
This assumes enough stores available to get through the winter - ~10 - 20kg of honey, plus pollen stores.
And the chances are that it would swarm (reproduce) in year two.

And you might get rather unpopular with the neighbours !

Read ‘Honeybee Democracy’ by Tom Seeley, which is about what a wild honey bee colony needs in the way of a home, how they choose between alternatives etc. Fascinating !

Also see the BBKA website.

Clive

     
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Thanks Clive, i will look it up.

     
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The secret of keeping a hive in your garden and being at peace with your neighbours is not only to have a big enough garden but to place it in front of a high hedge (six feet) so that the bees fly to and fro above head height.