Unloading hives safely

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  1. NewBee

    NewBee New Member

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    Hello from the Maritimes!

    I have been checking out this bee forum and feel it is the best one out there, so thank you for letting me in and asking a question right out of the gate. Do you have a safe way to unstrap the hives while they are still on the trailer and out in the fields? I almost had one of our guys recently take a header off the top of a trailer trying to unstrap a hive. Any suggestions for doing this safer?
     
  2. Hog Wild

    Hog Wild New Member

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    Welcome NewBee! If you have been looking from the outside in as a visitor you already know this is the best/friendliest bee forum around.

    I usually do not unstrap my hives when moving until they are at their final destination. (On blocks or bench) I have been lucky by doing so because if one ever gets away from you and it has for me, the strap held it mostly in place. As for getting them off the trailer I use an appliance dollie & roll them off. I am looking into forks for the tractor but that is a ways off.
     

  3. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    Welcome NewBee. :hi: You represent a great increase in the strength of the Tundra division of the forum. Hope you enjoy your stay here and find it beneficial....Sorry I can't offer any answers to your question, I have very little experience in moving hives any way other than by hand or in the back of my car. But like Hog Wild, I keep the strap on till it's down in place (lifted by hand to and from the car with the help of one of my children).
     
  4. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    I have moved everything from 2 hives on a 6 foot trailer to 520 hives on a semi. More details and maybe a pic and I might can help. I have strapped each hive, and strapped the load of pallets. I don't understand your question well enough to answer. Rather not answer than give bad info.

    PS. Welcome, hope you like it here.
     
  5. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    Howdy almost neighbour! :hi: Glad you found us and Welcome! There's a few of us Bluenosers on this sight.

    Oxford is huge blueberry country, are you talking tractor trailer load, or utility trailer type gear? What kind of straps, ratcheting or metal bands?
    I'm down in the Annapolis valley otherwise I'd drive on up! :mrgreen:
     
  6. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

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    welcome aboard:thumbsup:
     
  7. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    welcome aboard...
     
  8. bamabww

    bamabww New Member

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    I keep my deeps and mediums strapped together until they are in their final resting place. I have used a 3 point hitch boom on my tractor to move them across the field to their new home. Good luck and welcome.
     
  9. Marbees

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    I keep it strapped until placed where I want it. Welcome to the best beekeeping forum :thumbsup:
     
  10. jim314

    jim314 New Member

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    Welcome NewBee !!
     
  11. Slowmodem

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    Welcome and enjoy your stay! :)

    I hope your question gets answered satisfactorily.
     
  12. Americasbeekeeper

    Americasbeekeeper New Member

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    Welcome SB! There is no reason to climb on the trailer or load unless it is a tangled mess or your helper is real short. Stay on the ground, unhook the far side, and toss it over, or just pull it. I just yell clear and throw it hard.
     
  13. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    Don't you wait to hear if there's a response first? :lol: :rolling: