For many years I was under the mistaken impression that as I lived in an apartment I couldn't have a bee hive. Turns our I was wrong. So several months ago I got a hive. At this stage is is only a neuc (a very small hive). But when we make it through winter and the queen starts laying frantically in Spring, we'll put a full size box there and a honey super.
We have the entry to the hive facing away from my balcony doors (it faces the park opposite where I live) and I haven't had a bee come into the apartment once (despite leaving the doors open all day every day in the warmer months). On my days off, if the bees are working, I will and sit a foot away from the hive and watch the girls to check that they're finding pollen and that everything seems in order
Anyhow... I thought I'd give 'the girls' a few months to settle in before popping in to check they were happy. Finally on Monday I had a look.
[Side note - my friend, Bruce, who set up the hive is something of a bee whisperer. He's been around bees his whole life. I, on the other hand, have a long history of asthma attacks and have never been stung by a bee (despite having them here at work every day). So, I mentioned to Bruce that I'd bring my 'bee suit' home and he said I wouldn't be needing it. Turns out he was right... again. No bee suit. No gloves. Just Bruce, 5000 females and me!]
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