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Old December 20th, 2015, 08:03 PM
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Loaded up the bee colonies this past Monday night and put the netting on for the load to head to Florida for the winter so I can expand the colony numbers. I did not ride shotgun down I sent my navigator and what a ride it was with the crazy trucker. Passing inside outside 80mph and the log book? What is that?
I flew down Wednesday afternoon and got home last night a little after midnight to go to work so I can pay for the almost $4k yes 4,000$ hauling fee.

Pic#1 all netted and tightening the straps down about 630 pm in New Hampshire.

Pic#2 is early Wednesday morning in N Central Florida.

Pic#3 is a shot across the top of the load early Wednesday morning while unloading. We had about 9 million bees on load.

Pic#4 is Ray the farmer unloading us "Going in HOT" without headnet on.

Pic#5 is all the hive on the dirt. Well let's say sand/Florida soil.

Cute phone must have been upside down/certainly this is a computer error. Just stand on your head
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What did some of the hives come unsealed?
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The hives are loaded entrances open so if it gets too hot during transport bees will fly out and stay in netting and not die from heat exhaustion if the entrances were sealed shut. That is why you see hives an trucks all net covered. Sometimes you might have 250,000-500,000 bees in the net if the transport takes days to do?
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Seen this video before and had to look a while to refind it. Guys has a HUGE amount that got hot and came out into netting.

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OK I'm a novice at this and I will admit that people have been doing this many, many years before I was even born but why not load on a cool night into a refrigerated truck. Now I'm not talking a freezer truck but one that is made for moving hives with good circulation and milder temps something in the 40's

Like maple bees are a both a big industry a cottage industry all the way to a hobbyist endeavor so counting the true number is next to impossible. Numbers are only as good as the guy counting them and the information supplied to that person so do we really know how "bad" it is.
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Refrigerated truck I will give a good guesstimate that it Will Not keep a full load cool enough. Loading would probably be a Birch as you would be coming in tight on/against the walls. 6 way beehive pallets are 53"x2 is 106" wide on a 108" trailer bed width.
Running back from Georgia a couple of years ago with 138 packages in a cargo van and the remote temp probes on first layer running 98-102 and top of 5 package stack it would run 106-108 with a box fan run off inverter and air conditioner running full tilt. Driving on through the night we propped the back doors open 16.341" and temps were around 78-83?? Bees put off a lot of heat. Go out in spring and pop top cover off a live colony in February and you will feel the "hair dryer effect"
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