Our Bee Yard
Our bees are being kept in a backyard in our subdivision neighborhood. We had
to consider several things when choosing a location for our hive.
We chose (i.e. my wife commanded) to place the bees in our side yard. The initial installation of our top bar hive is shown below:
We installed a tinted sheet of Plexiglas over the TBH to act as a cover. Bungee cords hold it in place. The hive sits on cinder blocks to keep it at a convenient working height and to keep it away from the fire ants. The entire side yard has been paved with 16" square blocks. The front of the hive is pointing toward the front of my house. Entrance to this side yard is via a 6 ft. high cedar gate. The house forms one side of the yard and the 6 ft. cedar fence between us and my neighbor forms the other side. I installed a short white picket gate at the rear of the side yard to allow me access to it from the rear and to keep the dog away from it (you can just see her peeking in through the 2nd and 3rd pickets in the photo above). And yes, we do store our trashcans here. By looking closely, you can see a flag hanging just above and in front of the hive. This flag, waving in the breeze, is supposed to get the guard bees used to movement in the area. This picture was taken before the bees and entrance feeder were installed. Since then, we have also changed the cover design.
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