The bees and the chickens: companions or not?

The bees and the chickens: companions or not?

When starting your backyard farming journey, there are a number of activities to develop your admiration for the agrarian lifestyle, such as chicken keeping and beekeeping. If you’ve already committed to chickens or bees, but not yet both, we hope to help debunk some concerns for keeping the two together. By the end of this article, you’ll be able to confidently decide if both additions deserve a place on your backyard farm. Listed below are a number of thoughtfully guided tips and considerations to successfully integrate the two together for a harmonious backyard farm. 

 

Benefits of keeping chickens and bees together:

Although bees are able to directly impact your garden via pollination, they simply cannot offer as much to their future companions for obvious reasons. Chickens, on the other hand, can offer protection to your current or future busy bees.

The sweetness of honey can attract a number of bugs looking for a taste. Flock members roaming around can easily find any lurking visitors and consume them prior to making an entrance to your hive. In the case that your hive is overtaken by a bug, such as wax moths, you can feed the wax worms to your flock members.

 

Wait, but won’t my flock eat my bees?

This highly depends on your beehive setup and the behavior of your flock. Beehives should be elevated to prevent a bug infestation, but also prevent the ease and temptation of your flock members to consume your pollinators. If you find that your flock members have developed a curiosity to consume bees then it is best to make separate backyard arrangements. Oftentimes you’ll find that chickens carelessly roam around the hive without looking to bees as snacks. As long as you observe a friendly cohabitation, then there is no need to make special arrangements until proven otherwise. 

 

Backyard Arrangements:

As mentioned before, bees and chickens can easily cohabitate in your backyard together, however, if proven otherwise, here are some tips to help. Ideally, we would recommend keeping your bees closest to your garden to pollinate, if you don’t have a front and back garden to separate the two then we highly suggest creating an enclosure around your beehive. Although this arrangement will help keep your flock members away, your hive members may venture off towards your coop if they find something of interest, such as open water or leftover scraps. Make sure to leave safe water areas inside your hive enclosure to prevent them from venturing too far. Additionally, you can use poultry nipples, much like those of our EZ-Fill Waterers to prevent visits from thirsty bees.

Overall keeping bees and chickens together can make for a greater, backyard farming experience. Not only do you receive the joy of collecting fresh eggs from a gentle food recycler, but you also witness the cycle of life. If bees are a possibility then it’s a great reassurance that although small, bees can still thrive in your backyard space with your current or future feathered companions. Given a few simple considerations, adding one or both of these backyard farming super companions can further expand your experience & journey.

We hope you found these tips helpful for your backyard farming journey. Have questions or comments regarding anything mentioned in this blog post? Please feel free to email us at support@roostandroot.com or give us a call at 877-741-2667.