Why you should keep chickens and honeybees together?
Today, we are going to talk about one of the most confusing matters for all the honeybee keepers. Is it a good idea to keep chickens and honeybees together? There are so many people who believe that it is not a good idea to keep them together as they can bother each other, but we would like to clarify that it is no more than a myth. While we agree that there can be few exceptions too.
Keeping chickens and honeybees together is a good idea as there are many reasons for it.
1. They represent our Food cycle
Chickens and honeybees kind of represent our food cycle. There are a lot of things you want to explore and want your kids to know about them too. There are many things you will find out about them and will be really surprised to see the combo living together. It is really a good reason to have both of them in your backyard.
2. Chickens can protect honeybees
While it may sound a bit odd to you, chickens indeed eat the insects and other organisms that can harm the honeybees. It is an indirect relation between them you can observe. We have encountered so many instances where the insects or bugs are eaten by the backyards chicken which were dangerous for honey bees.
3. Chickens can clean up the debris
Chickens love to clean up the debris. It will be beneficial for you and your honeybees too. You can see that chickens will eat dead honeybees too and you won't have to struggle with that either. They will keep the honeycomb clean from the unwanted debris and waste.
4. Chickens and bees love to stay together
They do love staying together and help each other in many ways. There will be an amazing buzz of honeybees around the chickens and both of them round be roaming there without any worries. You don’t need to worry about them bothering each other if you have made proper arrangements for them.
Few things to remember:
· Try to keep the bees away from water in your coop.
· Try to keep the bees away from the chicken feeders.
· Make sure chickens don’t block the entrance of honeycomb.
· Chickens roaming around the hive sometimes can be dangerous.
Keeping backyard chickens and honeybees is a simple and profitable idea if you can take proper precautions. There can be instances where you find honeybees near the food feeders of your chickens and may struggle to keep them away from it. But after some time, they will understand it and stop buzzing there.
The biggest advantage of keeping them together is that it will help in keeping us close to our food cycle. It really feels good when you come out and saw the backyard chickens roaming in the backyard and hearing the buzz of honeybees at the same place. We can say that honeybees and chickens make a perfect combo for your backyard if you are willing to take the necessary precautions.