Move Your Bees

Moving Bee Hives

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It’s the beginning of July and time to move the bee’s to where lots of fireweed is growing. I will go through my hives to pick the strongest. I can tell this hive is strong by the way the cluster hangs at the bottom late in the evening. This hive has lots of honey on it that I will remove and extract before the move.

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In the evening before a move, you have to screen off the top entrance and the bottom of the hive. In the picture above, I am using a stapler to fasten a screen to the top entrance. At the bottom I am simply sliding a screen, folded in half, in the bottom entrance. In this instance There is no entrance reducer.

movingbees3If I were to move bees in the summer, the need to provide a screened off vent on the inner cover may be necessary. If its cool and rainy you might not, but if it’s dry and hot, it is necessary. On a short quick haul, you have your choice. After they are screened off and you are sure the bees can not get out, you can staple the hive but, I use a strap or rope to keep the hive together. A strap works best for me. As the picture below shows.

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You do not want the hive to slide apart while transporting for obvious reasons. Most of the time nothing happens but Murphy’s Law is ever-present. Below is what your hives should look like before you strap the hives down on a trailer or a truck. I have seen hives moved in a car trunk or back seat before. I prefer to use a truck or trailer.

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Moving your bees is not rocket science. Anybody with a good imagination should be able to handle them.

4 Responses to Move Your Bees

  1. keith says:

    Thank you, I will periodically write more when opportunity or time allow.

  2. keith says:

    Your welcome, I hope you have a great honey harvest this season.

  3. keith says:

    Thanks, This article was written for the small time beekeeper who may only need to move a small lot of hives, a big commercial outfit will do things much different.

  4. keith says:

    Yes, and thanks for contributing, it does work good working together.

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