Bees coming out of hive !!!!!!

by John
(Smithpoint, N.Y.)

HI, I would like too know when the bees come out of the hive and fly around it, before they fly off how many feet from the hive do they go before they go up? Because where I am putting the hive It will be like 30 to 40 feet from my front door to my house, and I don't want to be in their path. Do you think it will be o.k.?
Thanks, John

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Hi John,

That's a good question, but the answer depends upon a number of variables. It depends upon where the bees are going, and upon the obstacles that may be in their path.

It's been my observation over the years that bees that are seasoned foragers (not new bees just getting oriented to the hive location), will tend to set a straight course for their destination when they exit the hive.

They'll also tend to stay fairly low (just a few feet off the ground) unless terrain or obstacles force them to fly at a higher altitude. Makes sense, since unnecessary climbing or deviations wastes energy and time.

So will your bees exiting your hive 30 or 40 feet from your door be a problem? I can't say, because it will depend upon which direction from the hive they will predominately be flying (and that will likely vary throughout the season).

If it were me, I'd probably go ahead and set the hive up at the desired spot, and then just carefully observe at the beginning whether bee traffic conflicts with human traffic.

If it appears that there will be problems, you could put a fence around the hive. A six-foot fence (or shrubs, bushes, etc.) will force the bees to gain altitude as soon as they leave the hive. That will help to minimize any potential conflicts between bees and people.

Hope this helps, and good luck with your new hive!

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