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Bear proofing bee hives

Chad Johnson

Joined: Mar 19, 2012
Posts: 46
Has anybody came up with a way to bear proof beehives w/o using a high voltage electricity fence?

I'm using a top bar hive and am thinking 2-3" thick wood with metal on the edges and bolted to cemented posts.

My other option is a cattle panel cube and cemented posts and grow viney things on it but being in one of my gardens, the aesthetic seems a little grotesque.
Kota Dubois

Joined: Oct 13, 2011
Posts: 171
My old neighbour built what he said was the best bear proofer for his hive. A rectangular box made of 6 inch logs for its edges and then used chain link fence to enclose the box. The hive sat in the middle over a foot away from the fencing on all sides.

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Tyler Ludens

Joined: Jun 25, 2010
Posts: 5756
Location: Central Texas USA Latitude 30 Zone 8
Someone, possibly on this messageboard, put them on his roof....

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Kota Dubois

Joined: Oct 13, 2011
Posts: 171
I've been thinking about doing that in the city.
tel jetson

Joined: May 17, 2007
Posts: 3328
Location: woodland, washington
Tyler Ludens wrote:Someone, possibly on this messageboard, put them on his roof....

could also build a bee house for multiple hives. moderates the temperature, too, which the bees appreciate. should be relatively easy to make such a structure bear proof.

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Chuck Freeman

Joined: Apr 13, 2009
Posts: 116
Location: Southcentral Alaska
a lot of camp grounds in Alaska use electric fences. I have never heard of anyone get bothered camping behind one.

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