Re: Moving old, but occupied hives
Do you have access to hive staples? Were it mean, and alone, I'd consolidate the bees into as short a hive as possible making it easier to handle by hand alone. Then I would staple the bottom board to the hive body and nail the inner cover on, duct taping the hole in the inner cover. Then, late in the evening, but not dark, back up to them w/ a pickup truck, pick them up, put them in the bed and drive away. There will be some straglers, some bees spend the night out from time to time. Drive home and park the tgruck as close to where you want the bees and go inside for the night. Deal w/ getting them out of your truck early in the morning when it is just light enough to see.
Move the unoccupied equipment before moving the bees.
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