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>..Siting a hive
...As partners
...Bee hives
...Hive construction
...Smoker,hive tool,feeder
...Capture a swarm
...Buy a colony or nucleus
...Queens & drones
...The workers
...Ah! Honey
...Propolis,royal jelly,wax

There are not very many people who are allergic to bee stings, something like one in a thousand, but nobody likes being stung.

You should bear this in mind when you come to site your hive near your neighbours properties. Bees will fly up high over an obstacle so if the hives are in a suburban setting or in a populated country setting, put a high fence a few feet from the hive. This means that the bees will rise into the air and tend to disperse rather than treat neighbouring gardens as a fly-path. Bees may not find enough food in a newly developed area. Although established suburban gardens are usually good feeding grounds, large areas of newly cultivated gardens are not. Water is another attraction for bees.

We had friends whose suburban goldfish pond became a buzzing cloud of bees on summer evenings. Granted they had a delightfully flowery garden with herbs and shrubs as well but it appeared to be the pond that was the great attraction. It became quite unpleasant at times and clearly young children could no longer be allowed to play about in the garden. The problem was never solved as the neighbours with the hive had no children and not much sympathy; eventually our friends moved house so we have no idea of the final outcome if there was one.