1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Bee question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by thormanw, Nov 11, 2016.

  1. thormanw

    thormanw Just Hatched

    10
    2
    14
    Jul 10, 2016
    My chickens and guinea all free range dawn to dusk. I'm getting ready to move my hive from my mothers property to mine. Does anyone have bees with free rangers? Do they eat them? Should a put a fence around the hive? This spring where planning on setting up three more hives. The wife doesn't want to feed her honey makers to the birds.
     
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2016
  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    17,471
    2,097
    456
    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    I am one of many here. They may eat bees on ground. I do not fence around bees and have not had problems with chickens attacked. Chickens foraging around hives may have some significant pest management benefits for bees, especially if you are in an area with hive beetles.
     
  3. thormanw

    thormanw Just Hatched

    10
    2
    14
    Jul 10, 2016
    Nice didn't think about them eating hive beetles. Thanks
     
  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    17,471
    2,097
    456
    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    The are good at getting larvae and pupae they espose by scratching around base of hives. The scratching alone may have benefits.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by