I am looking at purchasing two hives and then immediately transporting on a 12 tonne rigid truck (loaded with other freight) approximately 400 km.
I’ve had a good look through other posts outlining horror stories of bees D.O.A. so I would like to try and avoid this obviously.
There are two major issues I think I need to overcome
Distance and quality of the road/ride in the truck. I’ll most likely strap the hives straight onto the deck of the truck - out of the wind but still ample air flow. The problem is the appalling quality of our national “highway” on which I’ll be traveling. The Bruce Highway north of Rocky is not renowned for it’s smooth ride especially considering…
The hives are made up of a full depth brood and queen excluder , a full depth super ( both 9 frames in 10 frame boxes ) and two half depth supers. I haven’t examined the hives for a couple of weeks but I believe most honey frames will be capped but may be still some unripe.
My question is - Will all this honey be a problem when the hives are transported?
I’m a bit limited for materials and time as I am away from home. I’m thinking that maybe I could remove the honey frames from the supers and just pack (without bees) into seperate containers and reinstall the completely empty boxes above the brood to give the bees some room and air space or are they better off with something to hang onto (honey frames) . I’d like to replace with empty frames but don’t have any available at short notice.
I’m looking at moving overnight with the entrance either open or covered with guaze.
Any thoughts/suggestions on whether all this honey will be a problem would be greatly appreciated.