Shade and Water for Honey Bee Colonies

Locate colonies in areas with morning sun and afternoon shade.

The colonies will need a good source of clean water within one-fourth of a mile from the hive. In hot weather, bees in strong colonies may need a gallon of water a day. Water is used to cool the interior of the hive.

A container of water with a landing area enables the bees to take up water without getting wet. Wood blocks, cork blocks, rocks, gravel or burlap cloth can be used in the container to provide a stand for the watering bees.