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Offline TwoHoneys

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How high is too high for a bee colony?
« on: April 04, 2011, 03:07:24 PM »
I may have an opportunity to place a hive on the roof of a tall building. But how high above the action can bees live?

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Re: How high is too high for a bee colony?
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2011, 03:19:22 PM »
I have heard of people keeping bees happily on top of apartment buildings in New York and other large cities.  They never mention the height of the building, but I think the bees will figure it out and be fine.

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Re: How high is too high for a bee colony?
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2011, 04:29:58 PM »
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Re: How high is too high for a bee colony?
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2011, 09:07:37 PM »
There's a feral hive in the top of an old abandoned water tank here in town. I would estimate 200 feet or more.
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Re: How high is too high for a bee colony?
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2011, 09:12:01 PM »
I imagine if they fly a couple miles to gather nectar,the height of the building will be negligible.

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Re: How high is too high for a bee colony?
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2011, 09:25:13 PM »
In the last Bee Culture there is an article about bees on a mountain (9-10k ft high) :-D