I've just reread Brother Adam and am wondering about the benefits of setting hives in groups like he recommended. His claim was that it helped prevent drift and this was important to him as he pursued TM resistant stock. I also remember Ormond Aebi's claim that he could tie different colored rags to the landing boards of hives and direct bee movement between hives. Would it be beneficial to set up hives in different directions and in odd groupings instead of nice straight lines to help prevent drift. Would it also be helpful to paint hives different pastel colors to help bees find their home and prevent drift?
I understand that drones will still drift. I also understand that commercial beekeepers cannot set up their hives like this. Please don't respond with these answers. Has anyone used techniques like this to help prevent drift and therefore reduced the spread of Varroa, TM, AFB, EFB or CCD?
Besides the pleasing effect of different colored hives in chaotic groups, is there any benefit that anyone has noticed? I think this would mimic the distribution of feral hives in nature. Bees don't set up hives in nice straight lines and don't paint them all the same color.