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...too bad, i can't spell....anyway...so why the complaints...where i live (urban) there are several folks keeping bees. I do recall reading about a swarm moving into the neighbour's place...ha ha ha...it was harmless; no one was stung...it was very different for the neighbours to see such numbers hanging out on their property for a day or two - most of us don't see that everyday...that's all...too bad you have to move...
I used to keep honeybees when I lived just outside of Birmingham, Alabama. YEARS ago! As Hugh says, there are many issues when tending bees, but if I recall correctly, the only time my bees were 'en masse' was when I went to rob the hives. But, armed with my smoker, they were wonderfully obedient and not at all intimidating. Just happily high. All the best!
I have a hive to help pollinate my fruit trees and berries. They don't require a lot of work but when they need attention, they need attention. Treat the hive spring and fall. Make sure you are putting on supers just before it looks like you need to, and harvest the honey by Sept. Most states have an extension service where you can get the information you need. The state honey association can hook you up with nearby beekeepers that will be more than happy to help you out. Good luck! It is fun, educational, and fascinating, as well as necessary for propogation of our food supply.
We have bees...this is our second year. Growing up my dad kept bees and I also enjoyed it. Our neighbors were grateful last year because their flowers bloomed so much more than normal because of our bees. But we live in a semi-rural area. Good luck! You'll enjoy doing it! And the honey....oh so good!