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Hi! I'm just starting beekeeping this year and am narrowing down where to place the hive. We have an acre of land and supportive neighbors so I'm not worried about them bothering anyone. I was going to put them right against our raspberry canes to prevent a back draft and that leaves me with the option of having them face east or west. If they face east, they go straight out to the yard. If they face west, they'll be right at the edge of my large vegetable garden. Everything I've read gives mixed advice about which is preferable. What would you suggest?
 

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they should be facing south..that is optimal, or towards east....you will get the best results that way..
 

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Mine used to face east, and one still does, now the other a bush grew up by the entrance and they found a way out of a cheap bottom board to exit to the west, so when I replaced the bottom board I aimed them west.. I'm in Texas, the south wind in summer would not be good coming in the front entrance
 
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