moving hives from pallet to a new pallet.

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  1. adamant

    adamant Member

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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.
     
  2. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

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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:
     

  3. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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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.
     
  4. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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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.