The problem with moving Bees is that if you are moving them less than 3 miles away from where they were then they may get confused and when they leave the hive return to where they previously were. I searched the internet and asked a few people and the general consensus was that winter is actually a fairly good time to move the Bees anyway. This is because the Bees aren't flying much at the moment due to cold weather and when the good weather returns (he says optimistically!) the Bees should re-orientate them selves to their new location.
All this week has been snowy and freezing so luckily me and my Dad timed it just right by moving the Bees just before the weather turned. I'd already ordered some straps to put around the hives to make sure they didn't separate in transit and I took some cardboard to block the entrances with tape to hold it in place. When the hives were strapped up it was as simple as putting them in a wheelbarrow then move them to the car to then be taken to the new site. Below are the photos I took during this.
|My Dad wheeling a hive to the car|
|Both hives in the car ready to be moved|
|A nice big steaming pile of horse manure ready to be dug in to the land!|
|A nice row of trees planted, will look better when in full blossom covered in Bees!|
|The hives in their new home|
|Straps removed, tape off and entrances unblocked|
|The row of raspberries has grown some what|
|I took the lid off the hives to see how much fondant they had left|
|If you look carefully you can just see a little bee flying near the entrance|