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  1. #1
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    Default wind/rain storm blew off outer cover

    We had a severe windstorm to blow off the outer cover on one of my hives today. The inner cover stayed on, but the bees did get wet through the inner cover hole. Today's high was about 50, but very windy. When I put the cover back on around 3:30, the bees were alive and moving around the soggy winter patty. Tonight, the lows should be around 35. With similar weather for the next few days.

    My question is, how concerned should I be? And is there anything else I can, or should have done?

    Thanks
    Shane

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    Default Re: wind/rain storm blew off outer cover

    Have not ever had that happen! I would suggest placing some weight on top, brick or rock maybe. I hope they dry out before it gets much colder. Hopefully you have a screened bottom board and it can drain out the bottom.

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    Default Re: wind/rain storm blew off outer cover

    >And is there anything else I can, or should have done?

    Put a bigger rock on top of the lid!
    Or consider using a ratchet strap.

    Offering good wishes for your damp bees!
    Graham
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    Default Re: wind/rain storm blew off outer cover

    Thanks,

    I had the large flat bricks on my hives. This was some serious wind. It blew so hard it actually messed up my garage door as well.

    Shane

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    Default Re: wind/rain storm blew off outer cover

    A 5 gallon bucket of water?
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: wind/rain storm blew off outer cover

    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    A 5 gallon bucket of water?
    I missed the instructions on the proper use of a 5 gallon buckets. Besides, I would not have enough buckets for all my hives.

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    Default Re: wind/rain storm blew off outer cover

    we had 70+ mph wind gusts last fall, my covers stayed on thanks to harbor freight ratchet straps, the 15 foot orange ones. a couple of the other keepers in the area had some hives come apart. i ordered some nucs and got more straps. i think rocks are more expensive to use.

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    Default Re: wind/rain storm blew off outer cover

    Get on down to Menards for some rachet straps!

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    Default Re: wind/rain storm blew off outer cover

    Quote Originally Posted by tsmullins View Post
    I missed the instructions on the proper use of a 5 gallon buckets.
    Here's the post with the 5 gallon bucket of water instructions.
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...ight=Hurricane
    The fun starts at post #7, but the guidance continues way beyond that.
    Graham
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    Default Re: wind/rain storm blew off outer cover

    Ratchet straps are a good idea, I used these for a while until I got frustrated with the ratchet mechanisms getting stuck due to corrosion. Now I just use some good braid-on-braid rope and a "trucker's hitch" for holding the hives together. My hives are all in out yards so they could go for a long while without anyone noticing a problem, so it is important that they not come apart easily.
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    Default Re: wind/rain storm blew off outer cover

    We get winds like that at times. straps work well. wind woudl have to move the entire hive if the strap is anchored to the lower box. Would have to move the earth if you anchor to that.
    Hives don't have enough profile to self destruct in high winds like houses or roofs can. They could simply fall over is only strapped to the lower box. I don't keep straps on my hives but I have them if the weather calls for high winds. 90 MPH is common for us here. That will turn a hive top into a kite.
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    Default Re: wind/rain storm blew off outer cover

    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    A 5 gallon bucket of water?
    Barry! I'm impressed!!!!

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    Default Re: wind/rain storm blew off outer cover

    Here's the post with the 5 gallon bucket of water instructions.
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...ight=Hurricane
    The fun starts at post #7, but the guidance continues way beyond that

    THAT thread was hilarious! I rode Hugo out south of Myrtle Beach, pulling people out of houses and MHs that were collapsing or floating away. In my mind, I can picture one with 10 beehives strapped to the side, each with a 5 gallon bucket of water on top, floating out to sea. Crazy.

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    Default Re: wind/rain storm blew off outer cover

    I had a hive knocked over by a brush hog, boxes separated, and left all winter. The bees were in good shape come spring. I wouldn't worry too much about the bees.

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    Default Re: wind/rain storm blew off outer cover

    Quote Originally Posted by Ross View Post
    I had a hive knocked over by a brush hog, boxes separated, and left all winter. The bees were in good shape come spring. I wouldn't worry too much about the bees.
    Thanks Ross,

    We placed a sugar brick in this hive today, and they looked great. The cool temps of the last few days had me worried, but they looked very healthy.

    Shane

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