Bee-keeping and chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ponyup, May 28, 2012.

  1. ponyup

    ponyup In the Brooder

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    Hello all, I am wondering if anyone has experience with keeping bees along with their chickens. I am looking into getting a hive and believe that my chickens would adjust but I wanted some sage advice before I went out and did it.
    Happy Trails Y'all
     
  2. Ehirning

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    I have bees and chickens. The hive & coop are quite a distance from each other so no real issues. They both seem to be super-addicting, however. Enjoy!
     
  3. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Just curious, I have been thinking of getting bees but they'd be close to the coop. What issues would be caused by having them close to a coop? They just like to be rather isolated?
     
  4. jdesq1

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    I keep bees and chickens and have no problems. One of my hives is right up against my coop and the other 8 are within 50 feet.
     
  5. galanie

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    Thank you! Because that is where I planned to put mine, right up against the coop. Just seems to be the best place. Other than the chickens, they'd be most isolated there. I don't think the chickens will bother them nor them the chickens though I can sort of fence off that spot if needed to keep the chickens away from it.
     
  6. Impress

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    Just never get Guineas, they LOVE to eat bees and wasps and will decimate your hives quickly and efficiently.
     
  7. galanie

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    No worries, I can't stand guineas. They are loud and wont' stay where you want them. And now I have a third reason lol. I love my wasps and bees both, wouldn't want something eating them.
     
  8. ponyup

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    Oh no, I have guineas! I did not consider them, but have seen them jumping up and eating flying things. Well, I will have to wait on the bees for now it seems. My land had cattle on it at one time and the ticks and scorpions were awful until I set loose the guinea fowl.
    Thanks for all the help guys!
    Happy Trails
     
  9. ncfastdogs

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    We have bees and chickens with no issues. We have 3 hives and the chickens don't even notice the bees, but they are in different corners of the backyard. I have heard that guineas will sit in front of the hive eating bees as they come in and out of the hive. My husband it taking his hands-on test on Sunday to become a certified bee keeper. Wish him luck!
     
  10. KimKimWilliamso

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    I am so curious about keeing bees! There is a Hive about 10 Kms down the road from our home, and I noticed that in the springtime there are so many Honey Bee's in our trees and gardens that the noise is louder than a lawn mower, and Im not joking! I wonder, would it be okay to start my own hive, having this other hive rather close? I wouldnt be interfering or stealing his bee's would I? Im not sure how it works at all, but I have been thinking about looking into for weeks, so I might just have to do that!
     

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