We have 2 main nectar flows here on southern Vancouver Island. The first is the blackberry blossom which finishes about the end of June. The second is fireweed which blooms up on the island mountains in the log slash. My house is in a semi rural area with lots of blackberry so I want to leave the hives at home, then harvest that honey and move the hives up to the mountains at the end of June/beginning of July to get the fireweed. That’s the plan but the bees may have other ideas! I decided to go with this hitch mounted crane.I just moved my 4 colonies today. I used my trailer and a 2 wheeler. I had double deeps that still had a total of 20 full frames of honey. After sitting around all winter the move kicked my butt. I'm 71 this year. All of the responses before me show you the range of ages of beekeepers here.
I did the same as JTGaraas. I didn't use a suit when I moved the hives either. When you get to the other end, put your suit on!
Just wondering why you want to wait until July when your hives are full or are going to do this after you pull your honey?
Funny how the PGI feared your bees would create a problem. I have heard of more problems being created by the PGI. You were probably the lucky one to get your hives out of harms way. During their convention they proceeded to drop a bomb on one of the fairgrounds buildings as well as a neighboring house.Using a drop-ramp trailer and a two-wheel dolly, I moved five (5) double-strapped hives (three (3) 8-frame deeps high, some with medium honey supers) about four (4) miles in less than an hour.
The need to move the hives was immediate because the hives were on the fairgrounds, and the pyrotechnics guild (fireworks) that rented the fairgrounds for a week were afraid their noise would trigger some bee attack.
It was an easy move; so long as you have the necessary equipment — ratchet straps to secure the hives, moving screens to keep bees inside, trailer, and dolly — never dread the prospect of such a move. Luckily the call to move occurred about 7:30 pm, and the foragers has already returned. I did not wear, or need, a beekeeper suit.