Honeybees and chickens?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by McGoo, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    I am thinking about raising some honeybees come springtime and the best place for me to place the hive is within the area (1/2 acre) where my chickens roam.

    Do you know of any problems with chickens and honeybees?

    oh, I do know that DE could be deadly to bees, so I hope that they don't go in the chicken coop.... why would they?

    Any insight/help is appreciated. Thanks all
  2. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Put them high with no place for chickens to stand by the entrance. I know Guineas will camp the entrance an eat every one. Chickens may do the same if given the chance.
  3. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    Thanks for the advice. Very helpful.

    If I decide to keep them inside the chicken area, which has an electric fence and will protect the bees from skunks and my lab, I'm gonna need to create some type of protection from the chickens hmmmm.... Maybe a wire mesh frame. I've got time to ponder this one.
  4. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground

    Our four hives are within 20' of the front door of the coop. The chooks range all around the hives and don't bother the bees one bit. It is true guineas will eat bees, but so far (over a year now) I've never seen them show the slightest interest in the bees.
  5. journey11

    journey11 Songster

    Feb 14, 2009
    My girls roam past my beebox, but neither the bees or the chickens have bothered each other. The bees seem to take no notice of them.
  6. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    Well this is great news. [​IMG] Now I can place the hive within the protected and sunniest area.

    Thanks all.

    ps. And I won't be getting any guineas anytime soon [​IMG]

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