High Rise Bees

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by ChefMontie, Aug 15, 2017.

  1. ChefMontie

    ChefMontie New Member

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    All,

    I am new to the forum and have been working with bees for the past 3 years. I have learned a good amount in my time but looking to learn a lot more and feel this will be a great place to get that knowledge with all of the amazing beekeepers on this forum. I have a question about putting beehives on high rise buildings as I am currently working with a company that wanted some basic knowledge about adding bees into their buildings but I was not sure how high I can actually go with the bees. The current building that is in the works will be 12 stories so I think no problem there but would like to find out how high I can go. By the way we will be working with a few horticulturalists for flowers on different floor rooftops and around the building to help with putting the bees up on a high rise. Thank you for any information you can provide!
     
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    they can fly, so I would think no height restriction..lol...there are a bunch of bees in NYC on top of buildings, the only thing I would think to be an issue is food for the bees, are there enough roof top gardens to provide what the bees need, and some water..
     

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    I didn't think there would be any restrictions but was wondering with the high winds on skyscrapers (100+ mph winds) if we should have some type of barrier to help with that. There will be a water feature a few stories below on the other side of the building (I think a fountain) for a water source. They will also be putting in a decent amount of landscaping on the roof (raised beds with flowers) and around the building from what I understand but not too sure on all the details yet. I do know that they would like to have about 8 to 10 hives on the corner roof and will supplement if needed with pollen pads in the beginning if things aren't looking to well. Have any tips to help me out?! I appreciate it RKbob!
     
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    8 to 10 hives will eat alot...you may want to research how much area of flowers that a hive of a certain size of bees needs to survive.. im sure the heavy wind will also be a factor in survival..if its going to be constant 100mph wind..I dont think bees would be able to fly in that..
     
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