Re: Moving old, but occupied hives
I did this twice last year with hives that were older and more rotten than those. After it gets dark use a screen wedge to close the entrance. Ratchet strap the whole hive. Put it on a dolly and rolled it to the back of my truck and laid it down in the bed. Since the comb was so old it was tough enough to handle the horizontal trip of 6 miles. Once in beeyard I put it on a hive stand and opened entrace. Put a branch over entrance to get them to reorient when they fly in the morning. Worked simple. After a few days I started swapping out the old stuff. Easy peasy!
Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
USDA Zone 5A