Hello everyone, my name is Mike. I own my own place and thought it would be neat, interesting, and rewarding to do some beekeeping. I have done some reading on this forum, and still have some reading to do, but I can't help but wonder if i have the proper spacing on my property to be conducive of successful beekeeping. i live on about a 6,500 sq/ft. lot in a single family residence in the city of Orange, in southern California. I don't have any kids, and I don't have any pets that would disturb the hive. I attached a picture of where I would like to place the hive. There are tons of flowers in the backyard and I am sure the neighbor's pomegranate and lemon trees will keep the bees busy. So here are my questions; 1. If I were to invest in a "small" hive, would the swarm stay a small swarm, or eventually outgrow it and leave or expand nearby outside of the hive? 2. (somewhat of a continuation of the above question) I would not want the bees to take up residence in my air conditioner, fire place, or eaves of my house. If given adequate space, do bees still feel the need to "explore" other areas for potential new hives? This is where I would like to start the hive. I rarely go to this side of the house, so thats why it looks unkempt. Any suggestions for optimal placement?