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I will be pickimg up 2 9 frame med nucs from david miksa this weekend and beginning my learning journey in Ocala fl.I have not found a mentor yet but have read alot.I would love to have help from anybody in my area.
 

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Thanks for the invite,one of my concerns is a family of racoons.Besides fencing in and electric fence are there any other ways to protct hives.
 

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I have never had problems with racoons, except with the chickens they have reached in the coop, they should not be a problem with bees, are you near any citrus, it is getting close to bloom time
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We lost most of citrus groves with big freeze in 80's but still have residental trees.I hope the ***** will leave them alone,I prepared a fenced area but hope I don't have to use it.I can't hurt the ***** because ther running out of habitat also.I'm not sure of what will be blooming but rying to find out. Thanks for the response.
 

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Racoons will tear up a hive almost as fast as a bear. Keep the hive strapped together with a ratchet strap. Strap it to the hive stand if possible. If you can raise the hive a foot or two on a real stable stand that will help. You will still see tracks for a few nights, but the buffet line is closed when they cannot get in. They will give up in frustration. Ratchet straps work for teenagers too.
 

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I thought they might be a problem so I have built a wire cage with a top I can secure to get started.I'm thinking about electrified fence to give them a little jolt.Seems like there was enough to learn without battling critters.
 

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Fellow Floridian here!

Just a little bit southwest of you. Glad to hear of more people in the area.

We should schedule a meetup or something sometime.
 
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