I know some of you have bees as well as chickens, and I have a couple of questions about them. How difficult are they to keep, and keep healthy, as compared to chickens? (Not counting CCD; just normal stuff). Do you have to have a big area for them, or is 2 acres sufficient space to have them far enough from the house, etc? Are there organic alternatives to the chemicals used to treat pests? And, what is a good bee forum to go on? Also, how much (roughly) does it cost to get all the stuff you need including bees, when you start with nothing? Ok, nuff for now! Thanks!