Moving your Langstroth hive is actually one of the more sensitive tasks associated with getting great tasting unpasteurized honey. It requires planning and lots of preparation to be carried out successfully.
Langstroth Hive Moving Guidlines
Here are some general guidelines to make any Langstroth hive transport a success:
- Move your Langstroth hives during the nighttime because bees are less active during this time. Nighttime also means that all of the bees are in the hive. You might lose many foraging worker bees if you move the Langstroth hive in the morning or in the afternoon, during the peak of foraging activity.
- Before moving the hive, you have to make sure that none of the bees will get out during the drive to the new hive location. You have two choices when it comes to closing off the hive. Your first option is to use regular adhesive tape to close off the entrance and exit points. This is recommended only if the hive structure is relatively well ventilated and the weather is cool. If not, use wire screens.
When installing a new Langstroth hive in a new location, always use a hive stand to elevate the Langstroth hive and separate its bottom region from the moist ground. This is done to preserve the wood and also to improve the air circulation in the hive structure.
The Langstroth hive is not a fixed structure; it can fall apart during a rough ride to its new location. Using ratchet straps is an effective way to secure the various parts of a Langstroth hive. Alternatively, you can also use special staples used in beekeeping to keep the entire hive together during the trip.
If ratchet straps or staples are not available, crating of the hive is also an option (though this is the most difficult way to secure a Langstroth hive ). Your on your way to enjoying unpasteurized honey when properly caring for your honey bee colony