Looking at the current Northern California weather and forecast, I am very concern, that it is going to be very difficult to get the hives out from some beeyards at the begging of February due to soft-muddy ground. If the weather continues to by rainy, I would be afraid to access the hives with a bobcat or hummerbee.
I remember about 10 years ago, the Swinger got stuck in mud and we pulled the rest of the pallets out with help of garden cart and hand trucks (2 wheel carts). It was not a fun job and my current health probably won't allow me to do what we did 10 years ago. I am hoping for a window of good weather, it should last at least a week, nothing promising so far. I have a yard, which is about 1/4 mile from asphalt road (half way alfalfa field).
I was careful in the last years moving the hives out in December, but this year I took the risk looking at the natural pollen around and they said that El Nina will bring dry weather as we had in the past .
Does anyone know a lightweight motorized forklift or suggestions how to make this job easier? Thank you.