- OK, I've read everything I can get my hands on, located a mentor (Who doesn't currently use a TBH) and built my TBH. I'm trying to attract feral bees but will order if necessary. However, in locating a good placement for my hive I have a little problem. I live on a hill top that draws an almost constant breeze. North to south or south to north, depending on conditions, there are no trees to speak of, a few shrubs, and Let's face it, it is a hot dry windy place with abundant wildflowers and sunshine. We have a pond a hundred yards away, and a lake about 1/2 mile away, so there is plenty of water for cooling. Any suggestions, or recommendations on whether or not I need to construct some type of artificial shade or wind block. By the Way winds of 5 - 25 mph are common.
- I am not sure if that is too fast a wind, so I will let someone else answer that portion. In Montana, I understand the beekeepers used stacked haybales on the North and sometimes also the West side(s) of the hive, with pretty good success.
- Bees are NOT creatures of the plains or open highlands; they are forest dwellers.So I would advise a simple shelter that allows a flow of air and one that allows cold air to roll down the hill side. Even a simple trellis would suffice.Dont inadvertantly create a frost pocket by blocking the downwards fall of air ( like I once did!) as this will slow-down the spring build-up and possibly kill your bees.
I built a trllis and grew blackberry up it and it sufficed. I am in the middle of England in the Derbyshire Dales at 650 feet above sea level and it gets more wet than cold (except this year...Brrrrrr).Just use as a guage how YOU feel in the cold or heat on your hill side and build your shelter accordingly. OR make a bee house on the same style as a barn that holds calves, plenty of air-flow but reduced draught ( the type of barn with vertical slatts). I hate draughts and so do cats so bees may well feel the same!
- Thanks for the insight. I had talked with my husband about setting up a trellis and honeysuckle vine, or perhaps more of a plant gazebo with morning glories. The wind dies down for the most part during the brightest and hottest dry days of summer. N. Central Texas can get "mighty hot". So, shade will probably be as important an issue as wind break. The plant gazebo might help on both counts.
I completed the TBH, we opted for 2x4's for the legs for added stability, and plan to order "survivor" bees from a source called Zia Bees. The apiary is in New Mexico, and the bees are acclimatized to our heat.
I am discovering that there are some bee keepers out here, but, as I am new to the area it will take time to get to know everyone.
- Snow fence? It's a lathe fence, with lathe skipping every other spot.
A flat obstruction eddies, making wind behind it scouring and far
worse than in front. Sorta a cheap chain link fence effect, but
with lathe, every other slot.
Any lil valley or swale (small depression, often used to hold water
until soil can absorb it, would be an added benefit. bales. on end
(staked down?!?) sound neat... spaced a foot apart??? Or,
staggered so there's 18" between? (The mere pattern would
sure help them find home from the skies... It's no fun, flying in
bad weather AND having to read the map, homeward.)
- A lathe fence sounds good It's somewhat like a trellis with vines on it. Just difussing the wind to make it pleasant, as well as providing a landmark. Is such a highly visible landmark necessary?
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> Snow fence? It's a lathe fence, with lathe skipping every other spot.
> A flat obstruction eddies, making wind behind it scouring and far
> worse than in front. Sorta a cheap chain link fence effect, but
> with lathe,