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Black Bears & Beehives Keep Them Out, Let's See the Pics of the Enclosure.

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keeperofthebees:
How do you guys keep the bears out?  If it works on a bear it would work to keep people out.

LazyBkpr:
Dont have pics of it yet, but helped design and build a 6 by 20 shed on skids. Designed around the hives for friends blueberry fields. Pretty exciting design. Last I talked to them its working really well for wintering. This spring/summer will be the test to see if the bears try to tear it open.

Perry:
I bought all the gear this past summer after a bear was seen close to one of my yards. I set up all the wire but never did get around to hooking up the pain box. I learned a thing or two about setting up wire though. I had a few of my pallets way too close to the wire and I was always bumping into it. Good thing I never had it charged.
Theft, especially of solar fencers is a problem, so I went with a marine battery, and will put the battery and pain box in an empty deep, and set a hive on it for safe keeping.

keeperofthebees:

--- Quote from: LazyBkpr on February 07, 2014, 04:36:26 pm ---Dont have pics of it yet, but helped design and build a 6 by 20 shed on skids. Designed around the hives for friends blueberry fields. Pretty exciting design. Last I talked to them its working really well for wintering. This spring/summer will be the test to see if the bears try to tear it open.

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Winch it onto a semi trailer or car hauler & go huh?

LazyBkpr:

--- Quote from: keeperofthebees on February 09, 2014, 12:13:32 am ---
--- Quote from: LazyBkpr on February 07, 2014, 04:36:26 pm ---Dont have pics of it yet, but helped design and build a 6 by 20 shed on skids. Designed around the hives for friends blueberry fields. Pretty exciting design. Last I talked to them its working really well for wintering. This spring/summer will be the test to see if the bears try to tear it open.

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Winch it onto a semi trailer or car hauler & go huh?

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   Yes, that was part of the plan, so they could move it to other fields.. IF, this one works they plan to build more, and having them moveable would be a benefit..  we talked about putting them on trailers, but the cost starts to go up fast when wheels and brakes are added. When they spend well over 100K per year for bees I didnt think a basic trailer would be that big of a deal, but they did so we went with the skids.. ONE trailer with a winch, and one spare pickup can transfer them all. 12 Volt lights, a deep cycle battery with a small solar panel, a fence charger with the insulators and wires running around the lower part of the structure. Vent pipe with damper for winter ventilation, and windows covered with pieces of cattle panel for summer ventilation and exits for bees when inspecting. The bottom board is all one piece with built in exits, so the hive body will set directly on this, each "mount" screened with slides underneath.  We drank a little too much our first evening of discussion and had to more or less start over the next day, but it was pretty exciting for me to be able to explain why they needed certain things to keep bees inside of a shed.
   To be honest, if it works well, I may well be building them to use here. Getting the hives OUT of this danged wind would HAVE to be a benefit.

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