Now that the Fall flow is over and winter is on its way, I'd like to move my three hives to a different location on my property. All are on 10 frame double-deeps and full of nice, fat, bees. Two of the colonies have plenty of stores while the third (small feral swarm caught in June) will definitely require feeding over the winter.
I am trying to think through the mechanics of hive relocation. Two will be moved about 100 feet, while the third (lighter) will be moved about 100 yards. For those of you who have moved hives, did you do so by keeping the hive intact, or did you move them over piecewise, a box at a time?
edit to add: I intend to undertake the move in one step, not by a gradual progression from old to new location.