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AliciaH
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« on: March 28, 2014, 01:33:06 PM »

I have a beekeeping supply store and this year, I am selling packages. I'm really excited about this and will be driving from Washington to California in April to pick up my order. 

Being my first trip, I want to make sure my bases are covered in order to get the bees here safely.  For those that make package runs like this on a regular basis, do you have any advice for me? 

FYI:  Using a 3-horse slant load horse trailer.  The bees will have ventilation.  Any thoughts on how that ventilation is circulated?  Or will cracking the windows be enough?  No, the wind will not hit the bees directly.

Thank you!
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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2014, 03:04:33 PM »

Open the windows totally. Make a layer of packages, leaving 2 in. between them. Lay 1X2 slats on top of them. Make another layer. Place slats. ETC. Heat rises, and will be carried out the windows. Cold won't be an issue in April.
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2014, 04:55:30 PM »

Thanks, iddee!  I'll make sure to have the slats ready.  As for the windows, when you say open the windows totally, do you recommend just opening the sliders, or drop the window panel doors entirely?
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2014, 10:24:03 AM »

If the air temp is above 45 F., I prefer the slatted side cattle trailer. Heat is your worry, not cold. Therefore, in a horse trailer, I would go for maximum ventilation. If temp. is below 40 F. I would block the front of the trailer and use only side ventilation.
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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2014, 10:31:27 AM »

The bees getting too warm is exactly my fear!  The "passenger" side of the trailer has plex that can be removed, I'll plan to do that.  I will also take out the dividers (for the horses) so that there is no interference for air flow from the window side.  Whether I open them entirely, and/or how many (there are 3), will depend on temperatures, then.  Unless we get a freaky April, it sounds like erring towards cooler shouldn't be my concern.

Thank you, again, for your input!  I appreciate the help!
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