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Have you ever or would you consider keeping a beehive?

by Gayle Beveridge (follow)
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Bee keeping need not be for the professionals alone, many people keep a single hive in their own yards.

Have you ever kept bees or would you consider keeping them?

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I like to, but not with kids living at home. I have an average suburban backyard and I want my kids to be able to run around and throw a cricket ball or whatever without worrying about getting chased by angry bees if they bump a hive. I'd love to one day though. My inlaws had a beehive and it was really great having access to local raw honey.
If I had a lot more backyard than what I have, I may consider it.....If I knew I could.
It's a wonderful idea........but sadly I have a back of the house is only 3 meters wide by 10 long :(
Way too small.
I think keeping bees is great, but it requires a lot of commitment, which I don't have.
I would LOVE to have a beehive! When we have more land we'll definitely be looking into bee keeping. It wouldn't be practical with a toddler and a not so big yard though.
Me too! Me too! When I get back out onto acreage I definitely want bees. I just love them, they are so wonderful. I don't even care if I get no honey. LOL
by Rice
I am too scared of bees to keep a bee hive. So it's a No for me.
by BK
No an no. I understand the appeal, but not for me!!
I live outer city in a 3 storey building. No room.
It's a great idea and we have the space but I would be too afraid of getting stung.

My husband and I were once staying at a B&B in Metung and the gentleman there had a hive.

I've recently seen hives on TV where the honey drains into jars and the bees don't have to be disturbed. It's called a Flow Hive. http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2897580/big-buzz-for-honey-on-tap/ Of course,if it was the honeycomb you wanted this wouldn't work.
I have never kept bees, but it would be something I would be interested in learning more about to possibly do some day. I buy local honey, so it would be helpful to have it in my backyard!
I would love to have a beehive! We need a much bigger garden though, preferably one with a wild flower meadow and some fruit trees, so we would get really delicious honey :)
That would be a No & No from me!
I have had bee hives n my back yard, as my husband used to keep bees,they are great for pollination ifyou have fruit trees and veggie plants, but if you get a nasty queen and she breeds nasty workers that not so much fun as they do give a chase.
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