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    Default How Far apart should each hive be seperated?

    I will be placing my second hive today and i was wondering how far apart should each hive be seperated????? I have the blocks already set in place and they are about 6 feet away from the first hive! I know from ready a thread in the past that it said 2 feet increments if you move them but im placing a new hive. I wanted to start out with 2 hives. I still havent received my books in the mail yet so i thought i would ask on here first, rather be safe then sorry! Thanks for your help!!

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    Default Re: How Far apart should each hive be seperated?

    6 foot is good or 3 foot it dosnt realy matter but if you are getting packages watch for drifting (drifting is whe one hive gets more bees than the other)
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    Default Re: How Far apart should each hive be seperated?

    you can set a new hive anywhere that is easy for you to work the hives - i place them about 6 feet -10 feet apart

    you sont want to have to walk 100 yards between hives

    but in all reallity you can set the new hive ON TOP of the other hive and point the entrance in a different direction - and they would never have a problem

    so to answer your question ..... put the hive in a level dry spot that YOU prefer !!!!--- the bees will make due !!!!!!

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    Default Re: How Far apart should each hive be seperated?

    Quote Originally Posted by honeyman46408 View Post
    6 foot is good or 3 foot it dosnt realy matter but if you are getting packages watch for drifting (drifting is whe one hive gets more bees than the other)
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    What do you do in a case if they do drift??? If you place some from one hive back to the other wouldnt they get confused in front of the hive?? I do know that i heard if you move the "hive" more then 2 feet you have this problem.... What is the procedure on drifting?? Thanks for the advice from everyone!!

    The first package was installed last satuday, a week ago! The 2nd package i will be picking up today in a few hours!
    Last edited by honeybeekeeper; 04-30-2010 at 09:49 AM.

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    Default Re: How Far apart should each hive be seperated?

    If you only have 2 hives then drifting is really not much of an issue. The bees orient themselves. They go by landmarks so they will know their hive is the one on the left or the one on the right etc. Drifting becomes an issue when you have more hives and they are closer together in a straight line. In any case you should put a rock or a stick on the landing board. Make each landing board different. When the bees come out they will see this and remember it.

    As far as placing them 6 feet apart... that's your choice. But they are tricky to move once the bees get established ( like you have read) so choose a good spot. Personally my hives are in a semi circle about 1 foot apart. I do this to minimize the foot steps. With only a couple of hives it's not a big deal. But when you get to 15 or 20 and they're all 6 feet apart... well you get the idea.

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    Default Re: How Far apart should each hive be seperated?

    Quote Originally Posted by MichelinMan View Post
    If you only have 2 hives then drifting is really not much of an issue. The bees orient themselves. They go by landmarks so they will know their hive is the one on the left or the one on the right etc. Drifting becomes an issue when you have more hives and they are closer together in a straight line. In any case you should put a rock or a stick on the landing board. Make each landing board different. When the bees come out they will see this and remember it.

    As far as placing them 6 feet apart... that's your choice. But they are tricky to move once the bees get established ( like you have read) so choose a good spot. Personally my hives are in a semi circle about 1 foot apart. I do this to minimize the foot steps. With only a couple of hives it's not a big deal. But when you get to 15 or 20 and they're all 6 feet apart... well you get the idea.

    Luc
    There will only be 2 stand up hives in the center and then i plan on putting a KTBH on both ends, one on each side and thats it. They are behind my 24 foot wide garage facing east! Im not in it to see how many i can own...The more hives the more work!...hahaha Just a hobbie is all!... Thanks for the advice!!!!

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    Default Re: How Far apart should each hive be seperated?

    Mine are not seperated. They are all touching...
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    Default Re: How Far apart should each hive be seperated?

    They can be touching like MB says and it isn't a problem. In spacing them think of how easy it would be to work them and more important how much of a wind break you want to build for them in the winter...the further apart they are the bigger (longer/wider) the wind break you have to make.
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    Default Re: How Far apart should each hive be seperated?

    Quote Originally Posted by honeyman46408 View Post
    6 foot is good or 3 foot it dosnt realy matter but if you are getting packages watch for drifting (drifting is whe one hive gets more bees than the other)
    Have fun
    Drifting is right. Mine are 2 feet apart and I had 20 packages drift into one hive.
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...113#post527113

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    Default Re: How Far apart should each hive be seperated?

    Quote Originally Posted by EastSideBuzz View Post
    Drifting is right. Mine are 2 feet apart and I had 20 packages drift into one hive.
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...113#post527113
    I had some drifting that was trying to take place but the 1st hive defended their space very well. When the sun went done the few that was still wondering what to do in front of the hive finally went on inside. Today & tomorrow here in ky is gonna be severe thunderstorms with flash flood warnings so hopefully they will stay inside and work really hard...

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    Default Re: How Far apart should each hive be seperated?

    1/2" works for me


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    Default Re: How Far apart should each hive be seperated?

    I like them side by side that way I can use the lid for putting my smoker on so I dont have to bend down to often and makes them more stable so not easy to knock down. although I'm sure you dont have cows or vandals in your backyard!.
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