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my first skiddable bee hut

 
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I built this bee hut in the spring of 2005. You can even see some of my freshly constructed terraces in the background.

Since a bee hut is open, we don't have any walls to add structural integrity. So I shored up the supports and added some knee bracing.

I found an old choker cable buried in the woods so I'm going to permanently add that to the bee hut for dragging.
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er Why do you need it to be "skidable" ?

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David Livingston wrote:er Why do you need it to be "skidable" ?

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Because things change. One day it works great in one location and the next day it will be better in a different location.

With Emily and Tony's bee hut, they had it facing south, but it really needs to face southeast. So they rotated it slightly. That would have been very difficult if it had not been a skiddable structure.

Further, it is pretty convenient to build next to the shop. So we build it where it is convenient, and then later move it to where it is convenient to have it.

 
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I read that if you plan to move the bees a short distance (as opposed to a long one) you may need to "reorient" them by first putting a branch or something in front of their entrance for a bit (a few days if I remember but don't quote me on it ) then move them to the new location while they are asleep. I believe you then put the branch back in front of their entrance. Supposedly you have a lot more problems with bees getting lost moving their hives 100 ft than you do if you move their hives 100 miles.

Again I could be remembering things wrong from all the research I did 3 years ago into beekeeping, but I do remember something about there being problems with moving bees short distances.
 
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Yes, there are problems moving hives. However I don't think the structure would be moved with hive loaded on it, as they would likely be jostled and jarred in the move.

More plausible is to move the hives out of the structure and transport them a decent distance away (more than 3 miles).
Skid the structure to a new location
Drive the hives back to the new structure location and install them
 
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