Raccoon proofing an apiary
instead of just putting a nail board in front of the hive, or an electric fence, and then putting an 80 pound weight on the legs to keep the coons from tipping hive stand over, I had the homeowner at my new outyard suggest sticking the hive in a metal dog crate. Which is a novel idea, but coons are fairly strong and welds pop. The area has chain link on 3 sides and a house on the 4th, I have even considered a dog kennel, which wouldn't set up real well over the raised beds in this area. Or stretching fencing or hardware cloth across the chain link, but at 4 ft height that would be fun to work, I'm 5 ft 3. . Anyone want to help me brain storm (I forgot to take a picture of the area.)
Stuck in Texas. Learning Permaculture in drought, flood and strange weather. The bees are still alive.