First of many questions, I'm sure. I've gained lots of info here already, but I need some things cleared up...
I installed three packages Monday night, and since I could not get in touch with my friend (who motivated me to get into bees) when I installed the packages, I simply put the hives in a convenient place to move later, and did a fairly good job of "winging' the installation (tee shirt, shorts, and flip-flops were probably not a good idea, but it was late and I did not want to risk another day in the packages...).
Well, the convenient place is right next to the patio, and my wife is freaking out. Now, I have learned of the 'two feet or two miles' rule of thumb. I'm not looking forward to inching these TBHs around the back yard...
I have read that I can move the hives in the late evening and put a 'branch' in front of the entrance so that the next morning, the bees will have to 'find' their way out of the hive and subsequently re-orient themselves. I plan on moving these hives only 40 to 50 feet, tops.
So, my question to anyone who knows is: How big of a branch are we talking about? A twig the size of a chopstick? The neighbor's shrubs? Do I need a chainsaw?
Also, should I move one hive in one evening, or move all three at once?
Thanks in advance.