I am installing my first hive in a couple weeks in my backyard. I live in wooded area and have a few skunks and lots of raccoons in the area. I've seen as many as 6 raccoons at once foraging seed beneath my bird feeders and once they discovered I stored the seed in a metal can on the deck they were always trying to get in it.
I will be putting my hive up on concrete blocks. Is there anything else I should do to give the bees a fighting chance? Will they be strong enough the first few nights after install to discourage a skunk or racoon?