Because I was asked to, I am starting a new Thread on going south for the 2015-2016 Winter.
As I relearned at the eshpa Summer Picnic, "Winter starts in August". The bees that are ready to Winter in August are the ones most likely to survive the Winter. Those that aren't, you'd better take extra good care of.
During the last couple of days I have started gathering my hives to load on the semi Nov. 10th, I hope. I have to get the bees south, to South Carolina, unload them and spread them out into three or four yards, and then unload another beekeepers semi load. I won't have time to go through them this trip. I have to get back to NY by the evening of the 18th to attend a couple of meeting, the Apiary Industry Advisory Committee Meeting, Nov. 19th, the ESHPA Board Meeting that evening, and then the ESHPA Fall Meeting on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20 and 21 in East Syracuse, NY. Details at eshpa.org.
I have about 500 hives to transport south. So I will get most of them on the semi and whatever I can get on my F-450. The rest will go south the next trip, some time after Thanksgiving.