Posted by: Understudy
Your best bet is to put the bees in a shipping container and the queen with some workers in a queen cage. Ship it like two day to the destination.
I never would have thought about shipping. What a great idea. Maybe I could ship some to my brother in CA and get them there.
Posted by: LET-CA
The good news is that we have a good beekeeping store right in town, and Mann Lake has a warehouse outlet 20 minutes away in Woodland. Dadant is 100 miles north in Chico, too far for a quick trip but I have co-workers who pick stuff up for me when they visit their parents. Sacramento is a good place for bees (and people). I think you'll like it here.
You don't know how relieved that makes me feel. Sacramento does sound like a great place to live and wow, what great access to supplies! Since I am not sure about the move and probably won't find out until a couple weeks after I get the bees, I think I am going to start the hives, two in nucs and two in 10 frame. If I end up moving I can sell them and take all the woodenware with me. Maybe I can take drawn comb by then....
So, another question. When would the latest month be that I could purchase a nuc in CA and have them build up enough to make it over the winter?