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Mklangelo
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« on: April 06, 2007, 04:18:12 PM »

This photo is taken with a view to the West.  I would have liked the entrances facing the West but there is the rear entrance to the neighbor's house. 

Is it a good idea to have a slight slope towards the entrance for drainage?  I need to do a bit of leveling but this is the spot. Bees arrive in about a week.

Just out of the frame is a 6 foot fence that runs straight east-west for about 100 feet providing separation from one of the neighbors.  As you can see there is the other neighbor and he didn't seem to care about the hives.  I will assume he knew what they were.  He doesn't seen terribly concerned...









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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2007, 05:02:57 PM »

Yes, it is always good to have a little bit of a slope, so that any moisture on the BB or Inner Cover will flow to the outter edge of the hive. 

That seems really close to the neighbors door.   I would go talk to him to be sure he's ok with it and let him know what you are doing.  He will get lots of bees up there, I'm sure.   Make the first move to be proactive of any potential problems, that way he will be more understanding if a true problem develops. The days you inspect and when you install bees, there will be bees all around that door.   Depending on how you handle them, they may be itching for a fight, and sting people walking around there.  

OH, and promise him some honey  Cheesy    Good luck.

  
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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2007, 05:49:31 PM »

Yes, it is always good to have a little bit of a slope, so that any moisture on the BB or Inner Cover will flow to the outter edge of the hive. 

That seems really close to the neighbors door.   I would go talk to him to be sure he's ok with it and let him know what you are doing.  He will get lots of bees up there, I'm sure.   Make the first move to be proactive of any potential problems, that way he will be more understanding if a true problem develops. The days you inspect and when you install bees, there will be bees all around that door.   Depending on how you handle them, they may be itching for a fight, and sting people walking around there.   

OH, and promise him some honey  Cheesy    Good luck.

   

Here's the thing.  I'm not a property owner so I do yard work in exchange for putting the hives there.  I did ask about the neighbor's back door and he assured me that they almost never use it, which of course they sure did today...   She's homebound and I think that man was there helping her do something.  I really can't go any further away from it since it's about 50 feet from the home owner's fire pit.  I will come knocking on the neighbor's door tomorrow with a couple pounds of honey though...  I did greet him and he seemed like a pretty reasonable fellow.
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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2007, 09:26:03 AM »

You will need to make them level from side to side.  ESPECIALLY if you have any foudnationless frames or starter strips in there.  But at any rate the hives should be level from side to side.  Front to back is less critical and if you have a solid bottom board is usually leaning slightly forward to make the water run off the bottom board.
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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2007, 11:52:10 AM »

Mklangelo.  Very nicely set up hives by the way.  I really like the yellow painting that you have done on them, they look so clean and nice.  Good job.  Have a wonderful and beautiful day, with good health.  Cindi
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