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Offline Mike_Macheti

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Placing hives on windy hills
« on: December 11, 2021, 02:37:15 am »
I'm pretty new to beekeeping.
One site I have found, which I think may be good, is on the side of a macca plantation. The other side has native eucalypts. The property owner has water tanks there and the site could get a little windy as the far side of the property drops down into a gorge. The area is slightly mountanous - approaching the NSW side of the border ranges.
Anyway, I'm guessing bee would have to be affected by strong wind, but to what extent?
 I'd be grateful for any insights.
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 Mike

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Re: Placing hives on windy hills
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2021, 04:53:57 am »
Depends on whether constantly windy. If so bees will still fly but require more energy to do so, usually resulting in lower yields. This was what I found on some of our Yorkshire Heather moors. One I used was near an escarpment edge and was always windy and yields where very poor compared to hives kept on a lower, more sheltered, moor about 2 miles away. I  don't use the "windy" moor anymore.

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Re: Placing hives on windy hills
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2021, 07:17:34 am »
Cheers Nigel.
No, it's not constantly windy at all. So maybe they'll do OK there.
I like the place so perhaps I'll just have to hope the bees like it too, and give it a try.
I have another site, better protected, nearby so if they don't do well I suppose I'll just move there there.
Thanks for your reply.
Mike

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Re: Placing hives on windy hills
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2022, 04:19:20 pm »
Hi Mike,

Sounds like you have a good place to run a few hives. Try to find a spot that is protected from the cold winds and gets good morning sun. Your bees will thank you for it in the long run.

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Re: Placing hives on windy hills
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2022, 04:57:17 pm »
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Try to find a spot that is protected from the cold winds and gets good morning sun. Your bees will thank you for it in the long run

That is good advice Les. I have learned that after cooler nights, the bees which entrance face the early morning sun will be up and going before the ones whose entrance face a direction away from the sun, even though the hives may be next door neighbors and the sun may be hitting both hives equally.

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Re: Placing hives on windy hills
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2022, 06:27:10 pm »
It?s an interesting topic in itself. Hive location in relation to aspect, entrance direction, shade and wind protection etc. appear to make a difference to honey production and hive strength. Many of my hives are situated in a less than perfect location and some of them always tend to struggle compared to those that are placed in good positions. If only I could place all of my bees in my front yard?? I would need a very understanding wife and grandkids to be able to do that.

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Re: Placing hives on windy hills
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2022, 03:48:55 am »
Another factor for consideration is elevation.

I try to have my hive locations lower or level with the main forage. That way the girls fly up the hill empty and down loaded.
...more efficiency = more honey!

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Re: Placing hives on windy hills
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2022, 04:57:05 pm »
A wind break will help the bees a lot.  First because they don't have to fight the wind as much, and second, because they will be warmer in the winter.
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