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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.

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    Default Re: Coons..Do they present PROBLEMS?

    Hummmmmm?????? Thanks

    Anyone else?

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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.

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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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    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.

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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

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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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    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.
    Stand for what you believe, even if you stand alone.

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    Default Re: Coons..Do they present PROBLEMS?

    If you use screened bottom oil traps, don't use cooking oil in them. Coons will push the hive over to get to the oil. I use mineral oil and no problems
    Fines are taxes for doing wrong. Taxes are fines for doing right.

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    Default Re: Coons..Do they present PROBLEMS?

    Uh OK if you guy's say so:}



    How about Bob Cat's?


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    Default Re: Coons..Do they present PROBLEMS?

    Last summer I was having some trouble with lids being removed from a few of my hives during the night in my home yard. I use standard bricks on top and they were pushed off and the lids were laying next to the hives on the ground. No other damage though. On night our dog was going nuts wanting to go out and when I shined the light up the hill at the hives there was a big ol coon messing around the hives. I hit him with the bb gun and started using heavier weights on the covers. No problem since
    Beekeeper? Shoot, my bees keep me!
    100 hives in Western Wa State

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    Default Re: Coons..Do they present PROBLEMS?

    Bobcats will help keep the coons away, maybe.

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    Default Re: Coons..Do they present PROBLEMS?

    Quote Originally Posted by mmiller View Post
    Last summer I was having some trouble with lids being removed from a few of my hives during the night in my home yard. I use standard bricks on top and they were pushed off and the lids were laying next to the hives on the ground. No other damage though. On night our dog was going nuts wanting to go out and when I shined the light up the hill at the hives there was a big ol coon messing around the hives. I hit him with the bb gun and started using heavier weights on the covers. No problem since
    10-4 on dat:}

    This usually gets them into a Gumbo or Jambalaya for messin with stuff:}


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    Default Re: Coons..Do they present PROBLEMS?

    Fur price is up this year and the fur is prime now.

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    Default Re: Coons..Do they present PROBLEMS?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vance G View Post
    Fur price is up this year and the fur is prime now.
    Hummmm...Interesting,

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    Default Re: Coons..Do they present PROBLEMS?

    We had one try to get in our back door a few years ago. I was told by Fish and Game that if I trapped it I could not relocate it or even release it from the trap legally. Since I am in town I also could not discharge a firearm to kill it. the only option I saw would be to toss it in a ditch behind our house and drown it. That would be cruel so I left it alone. it never came back but was pretty bold to have tried in the first place. Another time I walked out back and found three babies in my dogs food. The Momma was on top of the fence on the other side of the yard. two of the babies just turned and started to walk away. the third took two steps way stopped looked back at the food. started to take a step back toward the bowl and then decided otherwise. They where in no hurry to get way.
    Stand for what you believe, even if you stand alone.

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    Default Re: Coons..Do they present PROBLEMS?

    Snookie - That .17 HMR will do a fine job of encouraging any coon that it is not welcome in the neighborhood or messing with any of your stuff.
    Started 9/13, building slowly, now @ 7 Lang hives + 3 nucs, and treatment style not decided yet

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    Default Re: Coons..Do they present PROBLEMS?

    Quote Originally Posted by marshmasterpat View Post
    Snookie - That .17 HMR will do a fine job of encouraging any coon that it is not welcome in the neighborhood or messing with any of your stuff.
    Awe meh yeah:}


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