I have another new guy question. What happends if I set up my hives on my 10 acre piece of land, and for the sake of this discussion, say my neighbor gets into bee keeping and he sets up some on the next 10 acres piece. Will the bees try to rob from each other, or will they just compete for what necture is available? So I guess what I'm asking, if the hives are within the 2 mile ranging distance, will that be a problem?
I'm in a situation very much like you describe. There is another beekeeper about 8 city blocks from me, well within the foraging range of our respective bees so they do compete for the available forage. There is a 3rd beekeeper a little overa mile away. Robbing most likely won't occur, but there is always exceptions, especially in the case of a hive failure where the remaining stores are robbed out. It is more critical to have adequate forage. Within the city and our combined forage range there are over 500 fruit tress, and every home has small flower and/or vegetable gardens. It hasn't been an issue as the forage is adequate.