Learn how to move beehives and beekeeping supplies

Easy way to send beekeeping equipment via courier

Sooner or later every beekeeper thinks of moving a beehive a short distance or longer distances. Most beekeepers are wondering how to move beehives to a new location safely and are concerned about the cost to transport a beehive to a different site. Anyway, the first step is to properly prepare a beehive for relocation and choose the right timing for its transportation. Using shipping services would be the right solution either you need a beehive relocation or want to send beekeeping equipment via courier. Eurosender is ready to help you once you decide to relocate your bees and move your beekeeping supplies.

The cost to transport a beehive to a new location

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Eurosender cooperates with various logistics companies that offer shipping services for transporting both small parcels and heavy cargo at very affordable prices. Take advantage of our easy-to-book service platform where you can place an order in a few minutes in case you want to send beekeeping equipment via courier. If you are interested in moving a beehive a short distance or longer distances, we will provide some tips for you on that matter but consider that you will certainly need specialized transportation services.

  • Prepare a beehive for relocation. Before moving a beehive a short distance or long distance, get it ready for transportation. The tips for packing and moving a beehive are provided in the next section of this article.
  • Ask for an individual offer for transporting beehives. Many beekeepers are wondering how to move beehives to another location and what is the cost to transport a beehive, and many more struggle to choose the right service for transporting beehives. Obviously, relocating bees will go beyond standard shipping services. Our logistics experts will tell you whether we can accommodate the service for you.
  • Order relocation services in advance. If you need to move a beehive shortly, check the approximate delivery date with our online calculator here.

Do you need more information on how to move beehives or send beekeeping equipment via courier? Do not hesitate to contact our experienced logistics experts and they will gladly assist you and answer your questions.

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How to prepare a beehive for relocation

Moving a beehive a short distance or longer distances is sometimes inevitable as you are relocating to another city. You must already know that bees are very sensitive to location changes, so it is highly recommended to move a beehive for more than 5 kilometres (3 miles). Otherwise, they will try to return to their old hive position but will obviously fail to find it and will die as a result. Moving a beehive for more than 5 kilometres assures that bees will not recognize their surrounding area and will simply start exploring a new site. Before relocating bees, you need to follow a set of crucial rules and recommendations mentioned below.

  1. Choose the right timing for relocation. Bees are not very active during the night time and in cold weather. Therefore, the best time to start a move is after the dusk or before dawn.
  2. Get the bees ready for a move. Smoke the bees with a smoker to make them calm in the hive.
  3. Prepare a beehive for transportation. First of all, block the hive entrance by closing it up with a piece of hardware cloth or screen of the corresponding size. Inspect other entrances and gaps and cover them with duct tape. Check out whether the lid and cover boards are secure. Make sure there is proper ventilation in a beehive, which is particularly important when moving it for long distances and in warm weather.
  4. Secure a beehive on a pallet. When transporting beehives, it is necessary to make sure they do not shift around during transit. For that reason, fasten bodies, covers, and bottom boards of the hive together by using straps. Afterwards, secure the entire beehive unit to the pallet with straps or belts.

Packaging materials for beekeeping equipment

Before transporting beehives, you also need to take care of beekeeping supplies and their transportation to a new location. Luckily, packing beekeeping equipment is not very difficult, but you need to make sure that you have certain packaging materials.

  • A cardboard box – we strongly recommend taking cardboard boxes to place honey extraction tools, protective clothing, smokers, and other beekeeping equipment inside it. This type of packaging ensures that all your items are placed together and are less likely to get lost or damaged during transit.
  • Bubble wrap – it is used to cover sharp and fragile elements.
  • Crumpled paper – it is used to create padding without adding extra weight to your shipment.
  • Adhesive tape – it is used to secure loose parts and seal the box.
  • Duct tape – before moving a beehive, you need to close its main entrance with duct tape. Alternatively, you can also take a piece of hardware cloth or screen to block the hive entrance.
  • A pallet – when moving beehives for long distances, it is better to secure them on the pallet to stabilize them before transportation. You can find pallets in the nearest supermarket or a grocery shop at reasonable prices.
  • Straps – to secure beehives to the pallet.


How to pack beekeeping equipment for transportation

The notion of beekeeping equipment is complex, but it usually implies protective clothing, honey settling tanks, smokers, and beehives as well. Packing procedure is rather simple except that for the latter element. Beehives should be properly prepared for moving, while general packaging guidelines could be applied to other items of beekeeping equipment. Follow the steps below to get your beekeeping supplies ready for transportation.

  • Check if there are any bees. It is necessary to detect if there are any bees in the protective clothing before sending them to another location via courier.
  • Clean your supplies. Honey settling tanks or honey extraction tools might be bedaubed with honey. Thus, you should essentially clean those materials so they do not get sticky.
  • Protect your beekeeping equipment. Cover each item of beekeeping equipment with bubble wrap. If you need to ship protective clothing, check our detailed article on how to pack clothes properly.
  • Place the items in the box. After you protect each element, put your beekeeping equipment in the box of the appropriate size. It is recommended to create some extra padding with crumpled paper beforehand.
  • Seal the box. Check whether the items are shifting around the box. If so, put extra padding or cushioning materials inside the box to fill any voids. Take adhesive tape to seal the box.

The reasons for moving a beehive with Eurosender

While some beekeepers are interested in moving a beehive a short distance, others prefer transporting beehives to other cities. Here are some benefits and advantages of sending beekeeping equipment via courier services ordered through Eurosender platform.

  • Door-to-door shipping services. We at Eurosender grant this service for customers because we recognize that saving time and effort is priceless. This is particularly essential when you are going to transport heavy and bulky items such as beehives.
  • Shipment tracking is available from the moment of shipment collection until its delivery. Anyone who books shipping services via Eurosender platform will be able to use a parcel tracking tool online.
  • Holistic support and order customization. We have a professional team of logistics experts and customer support agents who are always ready to answer your questions, respond to your queries, and assist you at any stage of cooperation with Eurosender. They would be also glad to share more tips for packing and moving a beehive with you.

Do you need more information on how to move beehives or send beekeeping equipment via courier? Do not hesitate to contact our experienced logistics experts and they will gladly assist you and answer your questions.

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Take into consideration these guidelines when shipping a beehive. Nevertheless, please consider that following them does not guarantee that the courier company will transport your package without restriction. In case you decide to ship a beehive, Eurosender will not be responsible for any damages caused by the transportation of your shipment.