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How to Select the Apiary Site
Having an apiary in a good site can give you a great harvest of honey and keep your honey bees in perfect health. The bee colonies will probably attract a lot of diseases if they are moved around a lot. The idea is to give them a permanent location where they can collect pollen and nectar peacefully and have a healthy life cycle.
Pick a Site that is Facing North East
Bees work during the day and look out for the sunrise to begin their work. Keeping them in a site that is North-East facing will give them access to early sunrise. They begin foraging as soon as the temperature is about 15° C. Early sun will give them a longer time to collect nectar and pollen. This will help them stock up easily for the winters.
Shade is Important in the Afternoon
A colony of honey bees has the ability to regulate the temperature of the hive up to 37° C both during daytime and the night. They have their own approaches to cool their hive if it is too hot and keep it warm when it is too cold. However, if the sun is too harsh, then they will struggle to keep its temperature down. The bees will be stressed and this will affect the health of the brood. They also become vulnerable to diseases.
Nectar Sources Should be Sufficient
Honey bees will travel up to 5 km in a day to gather pollen and nectar. Before you can settle down on a site, ensure there are enough plants, flowers, shrubs, bushes, trees, etc. that will provide them with their food. Willow, wild cherry, dandelion, maple, chestnut, eucalyptus, meadow flowers, all types of fruit trees, primroses, hazel, clove, carnation, larkspur, lilies, tulip, etc. are some of the natural vegetation that should exist around your site. They can be different for every region or part of the world that you stay in. In short, nature should be blooming so the bees can have enough food within their foraging distance.
Easy Access for You
A beekeeper should be staying around the site where the apiary is located. It should be easily accessible so you can visit your honey bees every day. Monitoring the bees and their beehives every day will ensure that they are healthy and free of diseases or parasitic infestations. You will also know how to handle your bees if you are closer to them – practice makes a man perfect! Besides, when it is harvesting time, then you must know that a box of honey is quite heavy. Depending on the honey super, it can weigh up to 90 lbs. Staying near the apiary will help you store it easily.
Avoid Sites that are Around Heavily Trafficked Pathways
Honey bees usually mind their own business and keep to themselves when they are collecting food, but when there is too much obstruction, noise, etc. they might get stressed and sting someone. It is best that you keep them in a site where there is lesser traffic.
Remember these points while you are picking a site for your apiary to have a flourishing and healthy colony of honey bees.
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