Re: Placing Hives
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Bees forage over thousands of acres, so spacing them out around your property isn't going to make much difference. Put them close to each other for your convenience. I wouldn't worry too much about the specific breed of bees in your package. In my opinion, the reputation of the vendor, and the less travel trauma the bees experience to get to you are more important than the bee type, at least till you get some experience and have a better idea of what you want.
USDA Zone 7a - elevation 1400 ft