Due to a request from the new management of the building, we had to remove everything off of our roof in Queens, including the bees. A family friend offered to host the bees in her backyard, so I packed the bees, hired a truck with two guys, and sent everything from Queens Apiary to Long Island. This was my first experience moving bees on a truck.
Hive was reduced to 2 mediums so it could go through our kitchen window and was duct-taped together and ratcheted. The entrances on the moving/robbing screen got closed the night before, so no one could come out during the move.
[Update] March 23, 2014 – The bees were alive and seemed to be adjusting to the new location. Too cold to open up hive. I will be going back there at least 2x per month to check in.
[Update] April 20, 2014 – The bees are doing OK. Saw many worker bees bringing in pollen. New bees came out in the late afternoon to orient. Not exactly a thriving situation, but they made it through the season w/o any supplemental feeding.
To be continued…