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Right now all my hives
are sitting on pallets in
the field. I need to
place those hives on
my new migratory
pallets (6 hives to my
new pallet and the
pallet is the screened
bottom ) so I would
have to remove the
bottom boards from my
hives (hive stabled to
bottom board) and
place them on the new
pallet.

So I am looking
for some tips on
making this transition!
It would be convenient
to do this during the
day but I don't want to
mess the bees up plus
we are in a honey flow
now.
 

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I would wait until the flow is over once the flow is over remove the supers to make the hives lighter. Move them over on a afternoon when the girls are out foraging puting the hives back in place of the old in the same position.:thumbsup:
 

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I would wait until the flow is over, then make the move in the middle of the day. I would leave a weak hive or new nuc in the area to pick up returning foragers in each area where needed.

1... It reduces the food usage in your strong hives during the dearth by removing the foragers.

2... It boosts numbers in the weak hives or nucs to give them a kickstart.
 

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a snip...
so I would
have to remove the
bottom boards from my
hives (hive stabled to
bottom board)

tecumseh:
I would do this in stages. To start with I would place the new pallets in proximity to the hives in their current location. then I would simply set the hives with their bottom boards still in place on the new pallet in the postion in which you want the to go. I would then let them set there for a day to get reoriented (I am assuming the distance between old pallets and new is not greater than 6 to 10 feet). A day or so later I would remove the bottom board and place the hives on the new pallets. If the hives are multiple boxes I likely would need to physically separate the various boxes since I am not big enough to heft multiple boxes at one time. With 6 way pallets I would assume (I only have experience with 4 way pallets) you would need to do this transfer from the center position outward.
 
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