Two hives are at another location completely and the other three I could not bring myself to move that far at one time plus the fact that they were quite heavy by this time so I moved them three different times to there final location. I have some plastic pallets that are 20" square and the hives slid nicely from one to another. I made the moves before the sun came up about a week apart from one another. I would come out in the afternoon and it did not seem like they even noticed. Only thing I can say I would do different is everything. LOL. I dont know who it is that has the quote that goes something like "do it right the first time and save time, labor and money" or whatever it is.
I have to say though, having your hives on a stand makes working the bees so, so, much easier. I love the set up I got. It is L-16' x W-22" x H-16". Cost me a whole $32. Treated legs, rest just 2" x 6" untreated. I figure it should last 7 or 8 years and by then who know what the heck Ill be doing or where I will be.
Oh, they all did swarm on me right after the move. All brand new queens. Dont know if it had anything to do with it or not.