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  1. #1
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    Default New wind break for my hives

    Much better to look at than my first year's hay bales or last years foam insulation boards...will still let the sun in and should withstand the weather quite well...


    2013-11-21_15-52-22_539 by Lisa in NH, on Flickr



    2013-11-21_15-51-36_803 by Lisa in NH, on Flickr



    2013-11-21_15-51-57_645 by Lisa in NH, on Flickr


    Lisa
    Indian Brook Farm
    Swanzey NH

  2. #2
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    Default Re: New wind break for my hives

    Very smart, nice work!
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
    www.habitatforhoneybees.org

  3. #3
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    Default Re: New wind break for my hives

    Looks real nice and I like the idea. You put a lot of time into the structure. Temporary for the winter months I take it? From a builder's standpoint, may I recommend two additional 2x4's (X bracing) the end panels to give them more support. That's a big side wall to be supported by just the one end post.
    It's all fun and games until a hive gets knocked over. lol

  4. #4
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    Default Re: New wind break for my hives

    It is temporary...panels are screwed together at the corners and two t-posts on each long side, (wired to the posts) most of our wind comes from the direction of the short side (comes right up the valley) Thanks for the suggestion...maybe a couple more t-posts to support each long side? (my hive stand would be in the way of the cross braces)

    Lisa
    https://www.facebook.com/IndianBrookFarm
    Indian Brook Farm
    Swanzey, NH

  5. #5
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    Default Re: New wind break for my hives

    What are the clear panels called?
    Paul 15 years 15 hives TF

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    Default Re: New wind break for my hives

    I bought them at Home Depot and they were called "Suntuf clear polycarbonate corrugated roofing panels"

    Lisa
    https://www.facebook.com/IndianBrookFarm
    Indian Brook Farm
    Swanzey, NH

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    Default Re: New wind break for my hives

    Our bees kept crashing into the plexiglass "windows" on Mike's Bow(making) Shop and he ended up having to drill some bee escape holes in them for the bees stuck in the shop to get out. They could fly in the door.. just not out. So I wasn't to sure if I wanted to put a strip across the top of the front windbreak. Afraid they'd smash into it every time.

  8. #8
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    Default Re: New wind break for my hives

    That sounds like a good plan Lisa. Better safe than sorry huh?

  9. #9
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    Default Re: New wind break for my hives

    what are you keeping out with the wire fencing? looks good

  10. #10
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    Default Re: New wind break for my hives

    Mr Beeman....absolutely! D1here...everything, lol, but put it up for the bears...so far, so good! (it's electric netting from Premier 1)

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