Anyone ever moved hives using no hive tools?
I moved out of state a while back and left my hives at home. A girl I work with said her grandfather was getting rid of all his beehives. He has six hives and I asked her to ask her grandfather what he wanted for them. Turns out, he's just going to give them away. I would like to get his hives this weekend because work usually keeps me here. He lives about 3 hours away and doesn't have any tools, just the hives. I'm trying to find a smoker somewhere, but if I can't, does anyone on here have any experience moving bees without tools? I just want to know if it can be done. Besides a homemade veil, it looks like I wont have anything to work with.