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Small attack but still a pain. Got a call today re hive pushed over on a site of 12 hives, the odd things people do. Footprints in the snow, I just wished it had been a badger but sadly it was some plank who did it. Bees ok but will have been chilled and stressed in the 6hr period missing roof etc

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It is surprising how resilient (or tough) bees can be. The colony which survived last winter, just outside a window, demonstrated that. So hopefully not too much damage to numbers in the cluster.

Plank? Not the term I would use. Perhaps this 'plank' needs splitting from end to end! I hope you have taken a pic of a good footprint with your mobile phone?

I hope you either catch them or it is an isolated event.

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thanks

I put it back together and they seem ok, my biggest worry is about tonight and what next - 12 hives/bees is a lot of money to have kicked over worst case.
 

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Expect they will return when you least expect it....time to move them to a new location perhaps.
 
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I trust you have informed your local Plod???............. they can't be out chasing criminal motorist for speeding in all this snow, so it could give them something worthwhile to do!!!!
 

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thanks

I put it back together and they seem ok, my biggest worry is about tonight and what next - 12 hives/bees is a lot of money to have kicked over worst case.
i had similar several years ago on an allotement

i stop it by strapping the hive to a two large paving slab with the locking ratchet under the roof,

then just two large screws into the feed eke from the roof, pain to dismantle but meant i could leave them over winter

In summer did strapping with lock rachet under the roof the same but no screws , they may lift the roof in summer but to scared to stay long and undo the strap ratchet

but having found it was too heavy to move in winter, i never had anymore trouble

last year though i lost a hive on a osr site as they kicked in the side panel which i did not notice for a week, Bees seem to like the extra exit and it was the most productive hive
 

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