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Backyard Beekeeping

Pity the authorities have so much rules and regulations regarding keeping of honeybees in urban areas. Totally impractical measures to take in order to comply with by-laws. Everyone should learn basic beekeeping at school, and every household must have a hive on the property. If one know honeybee behaviour, no serious attack may occur. There are just some basic rules : keep them out of reach of pets and small children. Dont manipulate the swarm in the heat of the afternoon. Get a professional beekeeper to remove swarms and/or harvest honey. Dont mow the lawn near the hive, dont wear dark clothing , move slowly , use smoke to calm them if they get agitated. Pipe dreams? Perhaps not. Many an apiarist has a nest tucked away, closely guarded and hidden in the backyard....
ryksteman ryksteman 56-60, M 2 Responses Apr 26, 2012

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I'm going to be one of them next spring. I'm seeding wildflowers in several areas this fall so that they'll have plenty to keep them busy.

My feelings, exactly. The way honeybees are dying we need more beekeepers.