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  1. #1
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    Default Paying someone to move bee hives to another state?

    I work for a research lab that is moving to another state late next summer. As we have research hives, we would like to take our hives with us, but are unsure if we can do it ourselves. Have any of you heard of a moving company/person who will move hives (~6) for a fee? I know all about the health inspection certificate needed for the new state, at this point I'm just trying to research ways to physically move the hives. After reading some old posts, I'm also considering shipping the hives as nucs, but I think moving whole hives would be a better option. Thanks for any suggestions.

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    Default Re: Paying someone to move bee hives to another state?

    Moving hives in cold weather is better than summer, but if you need to do it in summer, then its still doable. You need to be concerned about the bees getting overheated, but essentially you can just move the hives to a pickup or trailer and drive to the new location. It would be a good idea to drape a net over the hives once loaded.

    Depending on the distance, it would be better if you could do the driving at night. I can't imagine that a moving company would be interested in moving live hives. You possibly could find a beekeeper to move them with the right incentives.

    Using a carrier like UPS to ship nucs is not a good plan, IMHO.
    Graham
    --- Victor Hugo - "Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.

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    Default Re: Paying someone to move bee hives to another state?

    To what state are you planning on moving them? -js

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    Default Re: Paying someone to move bee hives to another state?

    It's only 6 hives? Just load them on a open truck or trailer after they have settled for the evening, tie down well, don't block the entrances, and drive. If the drive is more than overnight put a beeproof net over the whole thing.

    It's more important the bees don't suffocate, than losing a few bees. Entrances must be left open, don't put mesh over the entrances cos bees trying to get out can clog it and suffocate the hive.

    If you want to block the hives completely, take the lids off and nail mesh over the top of the hive, the bees won't clog that. Then just make sure there isn't major wind blowing onto the mesh and into the hives.
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

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    Default Re: Paying someone to move bee hives to another state?

    There are several trucking companies that move bees. You will pay more than you can rent a truck for unless you have several hundred. Budget and Penske rent flat bed trucks (stake beds) too. You can even get a liftgate if you want it. I can put 25 double stacked in my dually if they are not all double deeps. I could run all double deeps but why carry honey or a high center load.
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    Default Re: Paying someone to move bee hives to another state?

    What's your budget?
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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