As most of you know, all but one hive died this past winter. They were good, strong hives, but the winter was too rough.
In May, I tore down all of the non-surviving hives and put them away.
which I put in this hive. They were tall, heavy hives, and would be hard to move. But move them is exactly what I had to do. Because after pondering for a year or longer, and moving pole barn locations, in our minds at least seven times, we decided the best location for the pole barn would be right where my beehives are located. (sigh)
and you pull five full frames from the hive you are moving. The full frames should have brood, larvae, honey and nurse bees on them. (not the queen, which you can see in this picture)
You now have reduced the big hive, to a small hive, but you still have the big hive!
So, you tear the big hive down into movable pieces....I had a friend help me, and my Shug drove the tractor. A truck would have worked just fine too. So, this is one big hive that we moved to a new location.
One down, one to go.
and every night at dusk, for about six weeks, I suited up and moved each hive two feet. (we put the hive on the left on the 4x4's as well)
Eventually the hives were out of the way....
so the guys could clear the ground for the pole barn.
And that folks, is part of the life of being a beekeeper.