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I have a chance to buy an established hive now(Nov 1) and would have to move it approx 25 miles. If I strap the boxes together and put screen wire over the entrance, is it safe to move them when the temperatures are 50 to 60 degrees? Or do I need to do something else?
 

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I would say you would be just fine, get them in the morning or late evening to get the most of the foragers that will be flying.

You are only talking 30 to 45 minute ride including loading and unloading. Do not dilly dally around. Have you a place already made to put them when you arrive at the new location.

If you are concerned abuot them over heating pull the top covers off and put screen wire over the top also.

Good luck with it and you can plug any holes with duct tape also.

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at the stated temperatures I would not really worry about overheating the least bit. if you leave your truck running as you load the hive the vibration (produced by the engine) has the tendency to calm 'the girls' quite a bit.

duct tape, some old screen wire and a stapler are almost essential for plugging any leaks. I do that and also keep a nursury shade screen cloth for coving the hive to entrap any girls that wander outside the box. the latter likely is less essential but it does make me feel better. if the hive is excessively tall I would definitely secure the box to one another... I think you mentioned straps and I use hive staple to essentially do the same thing.

the largest casualty present from one hive is the tipping of the hive and sliding over a metal truck bed. a plywood sheet placed on the truck bed will limit sliding and you will need a good deal of rope to limit any 'leaning tower of pizza effect'... mostly notable on turns or any sharp bends in the road.
 

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Bungee cables work wonderfully for strapping hives to a pickup truck bed. That is, if you have something solid to attach the hooks at the end of the cables to.
 

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LOL Baby Beek... bungies??!!!! No wonder y'all can't ever move bees without coming inside screaming about those mean bees, they don't want to bungie jump!!! :chased:

What you were told to use, my sweet little baby beek, was RATCHET STRAPS. :rolling: :rolling: :rolling: :rolling:
 
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