I am just considering starting to have a honey bee hive...I went to a lecture on it and was fascinated. Those links will be very helpful as I know absolutely nothing (except what I learned from the lecture). I have a shade garden and am wondering if anyone has ever had a hive in the shade.
My bees are in partial shade and do just fine. I know other beekeepers who have hives in shade and they seem to do fine as well. It makes sense to me, afterall if they have hives in the wood areas they would be mostly in shade.
When placing a hive it is important to remember the more sun on the hive the harder they have to work to keep the hive cool, hence a shorter, less productive lifespan. They don't live that long anyway. Do them and yourself a favor and keep your hives out of the sun or @ least shelterd from the sun.
I would imagine that if you did not want to harvest the honey, you would not put in a queen excluder and let the bees do what they would naturally. You'd still have to monitor them occasionally to make sure they have enough room to put their harvest and brood.
I've been watching the hive in my backyard for about a week. Their top honey super is almost full and they are running out of room. I wanted the bees just for pollination, which they really have done, but my beekeeper (a friend) is after the honey. It looks like he will be getting some after all this year, despite our dismal weather.
Join a beekeepers group some one might put a hive on your place for you but if not some one in the group I'm sure would take care of the hive for you for the honey There are to many diseases that will have to be treated for to keep the colony healthy to just let it set there This said there hives there are a that do fine with no care
You want to set your hives to get the morning and protected from the afternoon sun that way they are up and working early in the morning
Hey Jim25 if you don't want the honey just leave it in for the bees for winter storage. If you that you don’t have to feed in them in the fall and you might have to feed in the spring depending how much honey you got left. You will have to watch for swarming a little closer, or you can split the hive. I suggest you take some honey about a frame or two for yourself, you work hard to keep them whey not reward yourself.