I'm new to beekeeping, made two TBHs and have ordered to packages for pickup in 3 weeks. My apiary is in a side yard of my property, and will be inside an 8x12 foot fenced area which is centered in a 1/4 acre lot. Yes, the 8x12 was a negotiated point wig the wife; no chance of expanding that.
A few questions I have:
1). I'm participating in a group buy of bees with a club - if I pick up my bees in the evening should I be installing them as soon as I get home or wait for morning?
2). Two hives, two packages...an 8x12 area: is that too close for the confusion of new bees and new hives? Should I move one hive outside the fenced are for an initial period and move it back (slowly, gradually) once the bees get acclimated to their respective hives?