Putting hives out in a pasture: Good idea, bad idea?

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by fatscher, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. fatscher

    fatscher New Member

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    How aggressive can cattle get toward bee hives? Aggressive is the wrong word, I suppose. All the cows want is a sharp edge to scratch themselves on. Should I invest in a fence? And if I don't, will my heart be broken (seeing hive bodies knocked over)?
     
  2. jdpro5010

    jdpro5010 New Member

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    Cattle will definitely have a field day with your hives trying to scratch themselves, at least until they get stung enough. By then you won't have much for hives left.
     

  3. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    I have had them in the pastures before and it would be ise to invest in a little fence. It does not take much to keep them out, or at least my cattle.
    Three strands of barb wire works good for me, be sure to put a gate or gap in for yourself. Fence in a lager than you need area because you will need it in the future.

    G3
     
  4. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    it depends. don't it always?

    most of my hives are situated in cattle pastures (with some located in a place or so with truely unruly cattle). when I place hives on pipe stands sometimes a problem will develope if the hive is light (tips easily). not so much a problem when I place hives on pallets (wood on wood don't slide so easily).

    actually in regards to casualty numbers I have experience greater loss from extremely high winds than from livestock. this loss record clearly follows the pipe stand/wood pallet circumstance of the particular hive.