Re: Moving established hive
I just finished moving by myself a well established hive of two 10-frame deeps. The hive probably weighed around 100 lbs.
After closing the hive at the end of the day, I used two ratchet straps to hold the hive tightly together. I then screwed a 1x12 onto each side of the hive to make doubly sure the hive was solidly held together while I horsed the hive around. Screws went through the 1x12's and into the bottom board and the top and bottom of each super. If I lost control and the hive tipped over, I wanted it to stay intact.
I then loaded the hive onto a two-wheeled dolly. I then strapped the hive to the back and the bottom of the dolly. The hive was now securely closed, and the hive and the dolly were one unit.
I wheeled the hive into the back of my Toyota 4Runner by going up two 8' long 2x8's acting as a ramp. I wheeled the dolly into the car with the hive on its back, laying the dolly down in the car. I wedged the wheels so it wouldn't roll while driving. As such, the hive was transported in the car on its back, with the frames aligned with the direction of the car.
I drove slowly and gently over bumps and dips and around turns.
I repeated the process in reverse when I got to my destination.
The hardest part was fitting the hive into the back of my 4Runner, because, when tipped on its back on the dolly, the landing board was right at roof level at the car's entrance. If I had a pick-up, the hive would have been easy getting into the vehicle, and I would've transported it upright.
I checked the hive the next day. The hive had not been opened for about 3 months, and all the frames were heavily propolized and burr-combed into place, which ensured nothing shifted during the move. I am not sure if that mattered.
It was a lot of work, but it went smoothly and was successful.
Last edited by shinbone; 09-20-2013 at 11:33 AM.
(1975-1980, and now since 2011; maintain about 10 hives; Zone 5b; 15" rain; 5500')