Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Moving Bee Hives Winter Edition
It got cold again over night and the ground froze back up with temps not expected to rise above freezing the entire day today. So I seized the opportunity and decided to at least get the first two hives moved to the back of the hay field.
Winter is a good time to move hives on days when it is in the 20's if possible. The bees are in their ball and generally won't come out being all pissed right now. By Late January and February they used up a good portion of their Winter stores so the hives are lighter and most of the foragers have died off and not been replaced so when new ones come out they will have to orient themselves to the new location anyway.
The two hives we moved today ( I said we because I made my son help me) were light enough we were able to just pick them up and set them on the tractor carryall I made last Spring. The next three will more than likely require the homemade bee hive carrier I built last Winter.
I was actually impressed with how well that mover system worked last Winter so I made sure it all stayed packed together for these next moves.
I wasn't sure if the ground was frozen enough for the truck so we used the 8N with the carryall as I mentioned. I designed that carryall specifically for carrying bee hives and bee equipment and it passed it's first real test beautifully. It's one thing to run empty bee supplies around but quite another to move a hive full of bees and honey. No weight issues though and on the way back my son rode on the carryall as well.
One hive did get jostled around a bit and broke the propolis seal between the brood chamber and the bottom board almost causing a BIG problem. Luckily it was averted but at least I know that hive was still very much alive and kicking :)
So my post this morning never has updated to blogger. Guess we will see how long this one takes.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!!!