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  1. #1
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    I'm about to move my first hive after being out of bees for a good 25 years and have forgotten what the average weight this time of year is for a hive body of two deeps here in central NY. I will be taking off the deep super but hate to split the brood chambers if I don't need to. Does 120 pounds sound about right? Much more than that and I'll have to consider splitting the brood chamber for the short 15 mile ride.

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    It the individual brood super (deep) is full of honey and pollen and a couple frames of brood you can figure about 80 pounds. If there is mostly brood you can figure about 30 pounds. I would say it fair to guess lifting the whole thing will be between 75 and 200 pounds, so that doesn't help much, does it?

  3. #3
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    Thanks Tim, I guess I'll get the fellow I bought the hive from to help me load it and then hope the two brood chambers together don't go over 150 pounds which would be managable for me to slide it off the tail get and sort of swing it onto the stand. Wouldn't want to do many that way but I guess one won't damage the old back to much.

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    Yo Roma, I bet it's not more than 160 lbs. That's for two brood chambers. They would max out at 80 each. and that's if they're full of brood and honey. If you haven't built up yet for fall then it could be as light as 90 lbs for two. The only way to narrow this down is to look inside and judge how much is empty frames.

    Good Luck, BTW, it only takes once.

    Hawk
    KC0YXI

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    I always figure 90 pounds if they are full of honey for a deep. But half full of honey and half full of brood it's a LOT lighter.

    I try to load them in the daytime a box at a time and then wait for dark to close them up. I've had it with trying to get them on in one piece.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  6. #6
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    Romahawk,
    It depends on the hive.I have one that is all pollen,brood,with the honey in the supers.Some have the brood chambers pretty well packed.But the guys I talk with think this has been a great year,my 3 best hives made 150# surplus.
    I guess I am about 15 miles in a bee line from you,if you get stuck and need a hand,get a hold of me,I'll try to help.
    I am listed in the Cooperstown phone book.(Mark&Gina)
    Where you headed with them?

    Mark Johnson

  7. #7
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    Thanks for the offer Mark. I think all will go well or at least I sure hope it does. We are probably a tad more than 15 miles apart. I will be picking them up just outside Verona, NY near the Turning Stone Casino and bringing them home to Lee Center which is about 12 miles north of Rome, NY.

    I should have done it awhile ago but have been just a bit hesitant of getting stung again. Years ago I had an anaphalactic reaction, the sweats, hives all over, and difficulty breathing at the time. I went through a series of shots to be desensitized and this will be my first hive in about 25 years. Went and got myself blood tested and the allergist told me I have no signs of an allergy now but continue to carry an epi-pen. Thanks again for the offer. ......... Tom

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