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Chickens and bees?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WGB, Dec 12, 2008.

  1. WGB

    WGB In the Brooder

    Jan 24, 2008
    Thinking of starting bees this spring. I know some of you have both, do chickens go after bees?
  2. Ladyhawke1

    Ladyhawke1 Songster

    A bee is an insect......dipped in honey. YUM! [​IMG]
  3. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Songster

    Jun 2, 2008
    Salley SC
  4. crazyhen

    crazyhen Crowing

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    Mine will grab anything that flies by. Bees, moths, wasp etc. They seem to love yellow jackets.
  5. brooster

    brooster Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    I will have to keep an eye on this, i have thought of raising bees my self
  6. frankenchick

    frankenchick Songster

    Apr 20, 2007
    Benton Twp., Michigan
    We have both and haven't had any problems. Of course, I don't think the girls have figured out where the bees are coming from . . .
  7. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

    Jul 14, 2008
    Derby Kansas
    You could always put chicken wire around the bee hive
  8. WGB

    WGB In the Brooder

    Jan 24, 2008
    Thanks for the answers! The No answer was what I hoped for.
    I would like to put out maybe 10 hives in different locations to start, chicken wire would "bee" a pain! But is a option.
    Hope to get more info from peeps that have both.
  9. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Guineas will camp at the door of the hive an eat every one that comes out! [​IMG]
  10. notsooldmcdonald

    notsooldmcdonald Songster

    Oct 14, 2008
    Lempster, NH
    While chicken wire would work to keep the chickens away from the hive (depending on where you are, you'll want electric fence around them anyway..no joke on that one!), that won't keep the bees away from the chickens!

    Our hive is probably 100 feet away from our pen/coop. Bees often fly through the pen, but I've never seen a chicken go after one...that isn't to say it doesn't happen though. Also, there really isn't much in the chicken pen to capture the bees' interest.

    We love having bees, and so far they have co-habitated with the chooks just fine! Good luck![​IMG]


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