This weekend has given us a taste of what 2020 hurricane season can bring with it - rain, rain, wind, flying debris and more rain. Here's the opportunity to share what you do to get your bees ready for a big blow. I'll get us started, but please add your thoughts and comments:
1) make sure the feeder jars are secure or remove them and plug - you don't need it raining in on your brood for a day or two
2) weigh the covers with a brick or two or tie the whole set up together -- if you are really worried, bind individual hives (bottom, brood box, honey super, lid) and then bind multiple boxes vertically as well.
3) are your hives in a low area -- if so raise them up or consider relocating them to high ground. If you are not sure, put some concrete blocks by each leg so you can raise the hive stand quickly.
4) don't cover or wrap your hives, but make sure they are vented so that humidity and heat don't overwhelm the girls if they are holed up in the hive for 36-48 hours.
5) make sure they have enough food to get them through a couple of days without flying.