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Offline max2

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Moving hives... new yard
« on: April 14, 2022, 04:07:46 am »
I have to move my hives ( 25 of them) into a new yard . New owners, long story.
The new yard is about 300m away from the present spot.

I know I should move the bees a few km away for a few days and then back to the new location - but it is a lot of work.

I have moved bees a few hundred metres in the past quite successfully.

I only opened the entrance part way and made sure that a very visible new marker was in front of the hives.

Any other ideas which are not too much work?
Most the hives are only one brood box with a 1/2 super but some are 3 supers high....and I'm not a spring chicken anymore.

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Re: Moving hives... new yard
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2022, 06:33:20 am »
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I have moved bees a few hundred metres in the past quite successfully.

Max check out the Topic: Hive Lifts

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Re: Moving hives... new yard
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2022, 11:25:36 pm »
Hi Max.

If you can borrow 3 box trailers for a couple of weeks, load 8 hives on each trailer and haul the trailers to a temporary site. Leave the hives on the trailers with entrances facing out. After a couple of weeks the hives can then be moved to the new location. This method only involves loading and unloading once but it does require a few car trips unless you can get people to help.

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Re: Moving hives... new yard
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2022, 03:32:45 am »
We have thinking like this here.
I maybe able to borrow and ute from a neighbour and leave the car and trailer parked for a while at a yar not far from home. He has asecond car and maybe able to do without his ute.
Definitely less lifting

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Re: Moving hives... new yard
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2022, 01:44:19 am »
We moved the last load of bees to the new apiary last night - in pouring rain.
We could not get very close and had to carry the hives a fair distance.
All done now and I'm glad.