Apiary preparations for Hurricane Florence

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DuaneB
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Apiary preparations for Hurricane Florence

Post by DuaneB » Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:26 am

Hi everyone,

I have an 8 foot long stand with 3 hives on it. Aside from strapping the hives down to the stand, what else can I do to help keep them from possibly being blown over?

Thanks,
Duane

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Re: Apiary preparations for Hurricane Florence

Post by Jacobs » Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:33 am

You should be fine with strapping. Everyone needs to make sure that their hives are not in flood prone places, if they have solid bottom boards-backs of hives are slightly higher than fronts so that water will not pool inside the hive, and that outer covers have good weights on them or are strapped down.

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Re: Apiary preparations for Hurricane Florence

Post by Jacobs » Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:46 pm

Information and reminders from David Tarpy at NCSU--
https://entomology.ces.ncsu.edu/2017/09 ... ricanes-2/

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Re: Apiary preparations for Hurricane Florence

Post by WannaBee1 » Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:56 am

Strapping your hives to your hive stand is a great idea. We did that...then...we learned (the hard way) that hurricane or storm prep must include inspecting the ground below your hives. Too much rain and rising water can cause your hive stand to lean severely and (in our case) topple your hives. Lifting one end at a time and placing boards under your hive stand might save the chaos (and stings) that can ensue trying to set upright one hive of four medium supers and another one with two supers—in the wind—on soggy ground—and in the pouring rain. Lived and learned a lesson we will never forget!

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Re: Apiary preparations for Hurricane Florence and Michael

Post by Jacobs » Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:31 pm

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These bees did not strap themselves in--doubtful there is a queen, but I have them in a nuc with a jar of sugar water. Once they have fed up, I will look for a queen. If I don't see one, they will get combined with another nuc.

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Re: Apiary preparations for Hurricane Florence

Post by Jacobs » Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:08 pm

I did not see a queen or signs of one, so these bees got combined into my "swarms" of 10/18/18.

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