Chickens and bees

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chicken Staff, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. Chicken Staff

    Chicken Staff Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 4, 2011
    I have a small flock of four ladies in a typical suburban sized backyard. I would like to start bee keeping this spring. Nothing extravagant; just a single hive. Does anyone know of issues with keeping bees and chickens within close proximity? Will the chickens eat the bees?
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I have 2 hives between 2 coops. I was afraid if the chickens discovered the bees when they free range that I'd have world war III but haven't really had an issue.
    I do try to keep the chickens away by not including the hive area in any pens but they wander there some times.
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    I used to have an apiary (bee-yard) next to cockyard. Bees and birds got along fine. Problem was with mowing and having to dodge rooster pens while in bee flyways. I was the one most likely to get stung. Will be getting more hives this spring. Apiary will be kept well away from cockyard and where extremely tame free-ranging flock goes. The free-ranging birds may be inclined to eat bee grubs when I work hives. I do like to feed chickens excess drone larvae which causes problems with birds that really like them.
  4. Chicken Staff

    Chicken Staff Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 4, 2011
    Thanks, Centrarkid and ChickenCanoe! I had a mental image of the girls clustered around the hive snatching bees as they exited. Lord knows they've eaten every other living thing in my backyard except my cats, and they've been eyeing them lately ;)

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