i agree with iddee. I have seen (me included) people worry more about moving a hive than focusing on the things the should be in the hive. If your planning a cross country move You might consider selling them and rebuilding at the new location if it is just across town load them up after dark and go the the new location
Hello KT, I recently moved one hive from Colorado to Tulsa Ok. this past Feb. I went out the evening before leaving and placed a #8 screen over the entrance, then as I had no hive staples I used a 2x2x16 with a 1 inch notch(basicly cut a 2x2 into an "L bracket" with pilot nail holes drilled in both sides. I placed the brackets in opposing corners and nailed the hive bodies togeather, then put a 1 inch ratchet strap around the bodies just to be sure.Loaded them up in my truck the next morning and headed east. Of course if your still in a single box it makes it easy. Jim
I will make up for Iddee conservative use of words.. although I think his sentiment is well stated.
make certain first that you have the bottom board firmly (hive staples are what i use) attached to the lower hive body and that the equipment is tight. screen the entrances and have some duct tape handy to tape off any other gaps. a bit of plywood set into the bottom of the truck bed reduces the tendency for a hive to slide... wood on wood doesn't slide so easy, but wood or metal slides easily. if the hive is tall and heavy you will need some help loading and unloading the hive. in this situation since I am at heart a loner I simply break down the hive into parts with migratory top cover on the top and bottoms and then I load the parts.... in very hot weather in place of tops I use double screens. tall hives have more a tendency to tip so make certain you have ample rope to secure the hive from tipping. a large bit of screen or green house sunscreen is a nice bit of insurance.. likely doesn't really accomplish much more than making you feel better at stop lights and stop signs.
any state with a truck weight inspection station will also 'require' a health permit for any livestock you have on your vehicle. if you pass by one of these during working hours and the hive is visible then you are quite likely to be chased down the road. stopped and asked for papers. in the worst case situation the state agricultural inspection boys can leave you setting by the side of the road for days.
Hey guys, I have a similar problem to Iddee's except I don't have the bees yet. I think I ordered a package from MI which was originally going to go to Indiana and may now be going to Illinois. What are the rules for moving bee packages??
One thing I learned about moving the bees after dark: if for some reason while loading or unloading, the bees find a way to get out of the hive, they'll crawl up your pants leg and believe me, that's one place you don't want them.