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exmoorlover
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 2:17 pm    Post subject: Closing up hives Reply with quote

I keep my bees in an old (roofless) barn, so the bees have to fly over the top of the walls on the way to foraging. I am currently having roofs replaced on some of my outbuildings, and yesterday the workmen were getting buzzed by some bees and one man got stung on his face and has had to take the day off work today as he cant see out of his right eye. Understandably they are wary about working on the roofs - it didn't help that on a previous job there was a garden opposite with a hive that had gone bad, and one of them was stung there too. I can't think of a way to raise the bees' flight height, so I think my only alternative will be to keep the hives closed up until the workmen have left for the day. What precautions will I need to take to keep my bees safe whilst they are closed up, possibly on a warm day?
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Barbara
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear your workman got stung. Unfortunately this is not the best time of year for working near the hives as bees get tetchy during swarming season in my experience.
The most important thing is to allow plenty of ventilation if the weather is warm. With a full hive of bees, that is going to be a lot of hot bodies. I would probably cover the entrance with mesh rather than a solid plug and give them extra space within the hive (an empty super on a national or a few extra bars on a TBH and possibly a feeder if they don't have much in the way of stores but at this time of year they should have. If you have an open mesh floor, then they should be fine. If it's a solid floor then you might want to place a match stick between upper boxes if its a National hive or warre or perhaps between a couple of bars if it's a top bar hive.

Good luck with it

Barbara
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd also add some shade if they get any direct sun during the day.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Barbara and trekmate for your prompt replies. Nice to have that encouragement. First shut in day yesterday, and although I haven't opened up the hive, so far I don't see any ill effects.
Found out later the workmen were using sunscreen, presumably perfumed! Cheers.
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