Bees & Chickens share this suburban Los Angeles oasis


(inspirational music) – Hi, I’m Kathy Bakken, and I have a Flow Hive in
Los Angeles, California in my backyard garden. I’ve been a beekeeper for about six years. I got my first have. They were Italian bees. They were really gentle and sweet, and from then on, I’ve been hooked. So we’re in our backyard, so there’s a lot of
drought resistant plants, a lot of flowering desert
plants that the bees just love. So I like making sure
that we try and keep it as close to a desert kind
of plant they could have. So it’s amazingly green considering. And then I also have some citrus trees, which they also like those
blossoms and that really helps. But I’m always trying to
think of things I can plant that the bees will like specifically, ’cause whatever they have in their yard, that’s what the honey tastes like. When the Flow Hive started coming out, it sounded amazing because the only thing that’s difficult for me in beekeeping, I don’t love the honey harvests. A lot of people do, but
I don’t really like it, ’cause I feel like it
disturbs the bees a lot. They get very anxious and aggressive and they’re flying around. I feel like they don’t like
me pillaging their hive. So when I heard about
the Flow Hive, I’m like, “Oh my god, this is genius, “because now I can get honey “but I don’t have to
disturb the bees doing it.” I’m just a hobby beekeeper, so I didn’t need a big production
to get a tonne of honey. I just need just enough
for me and my friends. So I really like being able to do that without disrupting the hive itself. Some challenges to beekeeping. The biggest challenge for me is when my bees turn aggressive sometimes. And I have the suit one, so
it’s mostly a mental thing, ’cause I know I’m safe,
but it is intimidating when you have bees pinging off of you. So I think the biggest
challenge is overcoming that instinctive fear of,
basically, bees in general. My main thing is it’s okay
if when I’m feeling like, “Uh, this is getting
a little too intense,” you can just walk away for a while, put a little more smoke in the hive, and just kinda phew, everything is good. I think the beekeeping
changed the way I live my life because I think about it more in terms of the plants and the bees,
the animals, integrating. ‘Cause we have the chickens
basically fertilising the yard. We have the bees who
are fertilising plants. Being aware of that, I tend to gravitate more toward bee friendly
plants and flowers that I know that they’re gonna like, and the chicken’s like ’em all. (laughs) Doesn’t matter.

5 thoughts on “Bees & Chickens share this suburban Los Angeles oasis

  1. Thanks for the video; enjoyed it. There is a shot of a plant (Cyperus) at 31 s, just before the blue flowered Salvia. I wonder whether you ever see your honey bees visiting the Cyperus and seemingly removing pollen (their flowers don't have nectaries)?

  2. Is it normal to have honey comb get built underneath the flow frames, and if they have loads of roses planted by the hive Will the honey taste of roses?

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