Re: Proximity of horses/ donkey to beehives
- Welcome to beekeeping. It sounds like your on the right track so far.
The best place to learn beekeeping is from an old timer that has been
at it for a long time. Get to know them at your beekeeping meetings.
Here is our experiance with livestock and bees. We have our hives
located about five feet from a regular wire farm fence on the north
side. The hives face south. We have donkeys in the north lot. On
the south side we ran a single electric wire fence about four feet
away. In the south lot we have cattle. We have had no problems with
agressive bees. The bees don't bother the livestock. They just
ignore each other.
We get barn swallows in a nearby barn in the summer. We have noticed
that the bees chase these. Yes, that's right the bees chase the birds.
> I am a novice, currently in "bee school" after having joined out
> local beekeeper's society. I am hoping to establish two hives this
> year and had a question about location with relation to
> horses/donkeys. When I had asked about locating hives during class an
> experience of bees becoming aggressive when the hive was located near
> a horse paddock was related. No one was sure how far away would be a
> good distance to locate away from horse areas. I would appreciate
> any experiences/advice.
> thank you,
> Mary Hubbard
> Phoebe Farm
> Rowley, Massachusetts
- In the last two weeks, a beekeeper was killed in New Zealand (if I remember
correctly the press release) when one of two hives living in the stable
started attackin her horses (no witnesses to attack on person, but to ealier
horse attack and noise from stables that caused owner to go down to
I would say that was too close.
Others have reported problems with sweaty horses nearby or with specific fly
sprays on horses. If you stay a few hundred yards away, you should be fine.
If truly paranoid, you could stay 5 miles away.
- At 12:30 AM 3/26/2002 +0000, phoebefarm wrote:
I am a novice, currently in "bee school" after having joined out
local beekeeper's society. I am hoping to establish two hives this
year and had a question about location with relation to
horses/donkeys. When I had asked about locating hives during class an
experience of bees becoming aggressive when the hive was located near
a horse paddock was related. No one was sure how far away would be a
good distance to locate away from horse areas. I would appreciate
I have bees AND a horse in my pasture. And my horse is a blue roan (so he falls under the heading of "dark and fuzzy" which is something that's supposed to set bees off). I've never had a problem with either bothering each other, but I DO have a small electric fence around the hive (about 4 feet on all sides) so that Dakota (my horse) doesn't get curious and start chewing on the boxes. Horses are VERY allergic to bee stings (they can be fatal if enough bees sting), so I figured I'd be cautious. Besides, we're in bear country, so an electric fence was sorta important for that too.
The bees have never minded him, even when he's been right outside the fence.
Elk River, CA (south of Eureka in far northern California)
>From: Julia Graham <jlg7001@...>From experience, I can only confirm Julia's statements. All seem to well
>Date: Tue, 02 Apr 2002
>Subject: Re: [beekeeping] Proximity of horses/ donkey to beehives
co-exist side by side at my place.
However, people on bee email lists have reported problems with
riders/horses and bees.
Ma. .. North Pacific Coast, British Columbia, CANADA
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