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House Bee
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« on: February 04, 2011, 07:51:06 AM »

Assuming I am using screened bottom boards on my hives (configuration=one deep, one medium with no upper entrance) that sit securely on a trailer, can I not just close off the hive entrances to transport and forgo the need for bee netting?
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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2011, 10:29:52 AM »

If they are tied down, and you close it off at night I don't see the problem.
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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2011, 02:27:51 PM »

I seal mine after dark and move them either that night or in the morning. Just make certain they are very secure so there are no mishaps. Good ratchet straps are the ticket if you are moving many hives.

I've never had the need for netting.

Some beeks don't even seal the entrances and just move them after a little smoking after dark. I don't like this idea, you never know when you may have to make a pit stop where lighting would have them flying.

If you don't want to seal the entrances, then netting is necessary.


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Galactic Bee
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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2011, 03:33:30 PM »

It depends on the distance and possibly the number of hives. If moving locally, your idea is fine.

If moving semi loads through several states, some states may require nets.

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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2011, 09:26:54 PM »

I have most all sbb that I move around, just tape them shut and tie them down.  No worries.   With solid bottoms, I use screen and try not to move when too hot.
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« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2011, 10:23:33 PM »

Don't turn off the engine if you are transporting bees with open entrances.  The vibrations of the engine seem to cause the bees to hang onto the comb and not try to fly.  Turn off the engine, and bees will fill the air quickly.
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