Good afternoon all.
There is a real possibility that I can be in the patch of tropical storm/hurricane Irene. I have a couple of questions about securing the hive and high winds. I am hoping some of you out there have gone through a tropical storm or other event with high winds.
I have 2 trains of thought depending on how strong the winds become. My hive is close to my house and the hive can be protected from wind for the most part on 3 sides...one side cement wall, one side a group of thick banana trees and one side screened in patio. If I rotate the hive entrance 180 degrees then secure it with nylon straps to the ground, which will have the entrance facing the house/cement wall..will that throw off the hive and the bees orientation once the wind slows down?
Second question I have two hives, which allows me to move them from place to place with little problems. IF I would wait till the winds start becoming a problem, if I use some window screen ( have some laying around in the garage) and seal off the entrance of the hive with it, then move it into my garage. how long can the bees go without leaving there hive?
Right now its a newer hive from a cut out. Each one has one deep/one top feeder, has 3 frames brood and at least one side of one frame with uncapped honey, with some pollen. Will the bees be ok if they sit in my garage for a couple of days? one day for the storm one day for me to get back to my house and move it again? or should I just secure the hive to the ground as is and let them ride out the TS or hurricane.
PS The hive is on two cinder blocks so its pretty close to the ground about 3feet I would say.