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  1. #1
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    Default Coons..Do they present PROBLEMS?

    How ya'll do?

    I'm gearing up to try my hand at bee keeping here in South Louisiana:}

    Do coons present a problem to the hives from your experience?

    Thanks in advance for your feedback.

    Merry Christmas

    Snookie


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    Default Re: Coons..Do they present PROBLEMS?

    I have never had a problem with them, but they have taken an entrance feeder.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Coons..Do they present PROBLEMS?

    Hummmmmm?????? Thanks

    Anyone else?

  4. #4
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    Gainesboro, Tennessee, USA.
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    Default Re: Coons..Do they present PROBLEMS?

    They are not an issue unless you leave frames of pollen, brood or honey outside the hive overnight.

    Most times I have to remove a few frames of pollen per large hive (Tennessee)

    Once I left 2 frames out leaning against a hive. Raccoons had been eating them when I came out the following day.(A skunk could not have climbed 22 inches.)

    Raccoons are not a problem if proper beekeeping happens.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Coons..Do they present PROBLEMS?

    10-4 Thanks

    Good thing is I was gearing up to make a Coon Jambalaya if they were a problem:}




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    Default Re: Coons..Do they present PROBLEMS?

    Racoons bothered my mason jar feeders this spring...they would take them out and even unscrewed a lid on one...they kept pulling the boardman feeders out of the hives.
    Bee a blessing to God and others.

  7. #7
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    jackson county, alabama, usa
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    Default Re: Coons..Do they present PROBLEMS?

    after finding chewed up bees on the ground in front of my hives and thinking i had skunks again, i set out my skunk trap.

    the next morning i found a small raccoon in the trap and relocated it. there have not been any chewed up bees since.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

  8. #8
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    Aberdeen, Idaho
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    Default Re: Coons..Do they present PROBLEMS?

    We do not have the raccoon numbers that some parts of the country do, but we had one big old raccoon get into a hive early in the spring by pushing the reducer back into the hive and reaching in as far as it could. Only once.
    Dave

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    syracuse n.y.
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    Default Re: Coons..Do they present PROBLEMS?

    you won't have this problem down south but a friend of mine had a problem when the snow behind the hives got high enough that they pushed off the outer cover and inner cover and somehow pulled out some frames and started eating them, did this to 3 or 4 hives.
    mike syracuse ny
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    Default Re: Coons..Do they present PROBLEMS?

    I have a lot of them here. I see them often in the early mornings. Never had a problem with them at the hives.
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