bear attact bees want to leave hive

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by BobBee, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. BobBee

    BobBee New Member

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    Hi i am new to bee keeping only have them 9 days.installed bees on saturday in a top bar hive, on wednesday got hit by a bear totaly wrecked the little bit that the bees had accomplished. thursday got bees back in hive. saturday bee swarmed both hives collected bees and cosed up hive. dose anybody know do the bees want to leave because of the bear did he leave a scent or do I have another problem. any suggestions how to keep the bees home.
     
  2. tecumseh

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    snip...
    any suggestions how to keep the bees home.

    tecumseh:
    screen them in, set in some shady cool spot and feed for several days.

    evidently you need to invest into some bear fence before you set them back out.

    for some reason folks seem to think 'locking down' a hive is improper, but do remember that in most areas where you have any length of winter the bees are 'confined' for weeks and months at a time.
     

  3. BobBee

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    have bear fence up and working now. One hive closed up one hive open now looks like a nice day going to see what happens hive that is open seems to be working again but it did before.
     
  4. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    The only downside to closing up a hive is ventilation. Be sure you don't stop the air flow. You will cook the bees if they cannot bring in fresh air.
     
  5. BobBee

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    can I put a netting over hives.
    there is screen on bottom so they should get air
     
  6. Iddee

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    If they can set up an air flow, they will be fine. If they can't, they will cook quickly. You will have to decide if the netting is course enough to allow that.
     
  7. BobBee

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    tecumseh, iddee, thanks for the input
     
  8. BjornBee

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    Welcome to the forum Bob. Glad you got some good advice. :thumbsup:
     
  9. tecumseh

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    bob writes:
    can I put a netting over hives.

    tecumseh:
    it sounds like you have a screened bottom board???? which should be more than sufficient.

    to answer your above question there are 'moving screens' (typically hardware wire and a thin frame) that you can place over the top of the hive that provides a bit more ventilation.

    good luck...