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Keeping bees near house

I want to have my first hive near my house. I bought some flower seed and are waiting for supplier for lavender seeds. I want to place the hive about 100 feet away from house and plant flowers about 10 feet around hive. Now some people are telling me it is not practical to plant flowers for bees and that I should place hive in fields. I want to study the bees and their behavior not doing it to make honey. Is it unpractical?

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I have mine about 50 feet from my house directed toward a 6’ fence and way from the traffic pattern in the yard and it has been fine. Kids know to look out for bees in the grass but otherwise, no issues with the proximity so far.

The bees fly up and over the garage and trees to somewhere distant. Can’t tell my bees apart from other bees so I don’t know if the ones in my garden are mine or someone else’s.


As long as your bees have plenty of trees and/or fields of floral sources within a 3-5mile radius, you’ll be fine. Plant your flowers. They’ll be your close to home bee observation facility. Also brings in the native bees. Make sure the bees have plenty of water available too. Enjoy.


Welcome Stegmann :cherry_blossom:

I have five hives that are all about 100 feet or less from my house. Occasionally a flying bee will collide with my 6’4” son’s head at certain points in the yard. I love watching all the various pollinators that come to my flowers. You should be fine with your setup following Alok and Mike’s advice - plus having no bright lights visible to the hive entrance, and reading anything you can to learn about beekeeping!


I’ve got a hive that is less than 3in from my house… Flight path directed away from the normal side of approach. I raised the fence, with neighbour consent, to mitigate issues on their side. All is well.


The OP is in South Africa so will be keeping African bees, I wouldn’t want them 3 inches away lol.

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Good point.

But in that case most comments here are going to irrelevant.


There is the same Italian strain of bees that are kept in South Africa, and just as popular there as in Australia for bee keeping. are you confusing Africanized bees as the bees he is wanting to keep? A totally different bee in temperament. Like chalk and cheese.

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South Africa has either Apis mellifera scutellata or Apis mellifera capensis, both sub species of the western honey bees we keep.

It was crossing EHB with scutelatta that created ‘killer bees’ but the danger of these has been very overstated by the media, Hollywood etc.


Our hive is about 20ft from our back door. That part of the yard is raised about 6ft from the level of the door.
Never had an issue.
Have also found that flowers planted within the backyard the bees ignore completely. Just fly right over it
They love the Lavender and Bottlebrush in the front yard tho. They’re about 90ft away.

At my Coolum Beach apiary of 25 hives there is a wattle tree in flower providing shade to the hives but the bees ignore that wattle tree and begin foraging on them beginning about 25 meters away. For some reason the bees ignore the closer ones. The further trees get worked really hard at the moment. No idea why it happens, it defies my thoughts.

I am told that beehives should be north facing from what is being said as long as they are away from walkways

Only if you are in the southern hemisphere. :wink:


In an ideal world downunder, yes. However, it isn’t critical. My hive is oriented East West, exposed to the South, and sheltered by the house against all northern exposure.

I have no issues, concerns or complaints.

This is probably due to location in general. Dampness or cold isn’t an issue. That being said, looking at how frames are built up over the cooler months I think the radiant heat from the house is helpful.