Backyard beekeeping

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Primefact number: 894  Edition: First edition  Last updated: Apr 2009

Keeping two or three hives of bees as a hobby can be an interesting and rewarding experience but NSW DPI occasionally receives complaints about bees in swimming pools, neighbours being stung or the disease risk of neglected hives.

This Primefact has been written to make some points which need to be considered in relation to backyard beekeeping:

  • neighbours
  • the number of hives
  • water
  • location in yard
  • bee diseases
  • when to handle your bees
  • when to re-queen
  • swarming
  • legal requirements.
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