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  1. #1
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    Default what direction should a hive face

    I checked my hives that I moved two weeks ago today. I had another beekeeper with me when I moved the hive and he suggested in be put in a certain direction. When I went to check the hive today it was rather windy. I noticed the wind was blowing right into the hive. What general direction should I place the hive? Thanks for your help.

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    Default Re: what direction should a hive face

    Towards the sunrise.

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    Default Re: what direction should a hive face

    I look at a few factors for placing a hive.

    Towards the major flows direction. Sometimes the major flows come from one direction more than others, it depends on your location.

    Towards the direction of least winds, especially in winter.

    East for the morning sun, taking in to consideration all other factors.

    If it applies, the direction where it is easiest for me to work the hive.

    Away from public or visiting people traffic.

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    Default Re: what direction should a hive face

    Facing the entrance to the South or East may wake the bees earlier. The prevalent wind may be a greater concern especially in the Winter. Whatever you do someone will disagree.
    americasbeekeeper.com
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    Default Re: what direction should a hive face

    I like out...as the bees can never leave for work if the entrance faces back into the hive :P

    Seriously, though, I face my hives in alternating directions...one faces N, next faces E, then S, then W and so on...when your hives are really close together, alternating directions that the entrances face seems (in my experience) to limit the number of bees who try to go in the wrong home & get jumped by guard bees who think them robbers Also, if you face your hives all different directions, in 20 years or so you may have gathered enough data to see if it really makes any difference at all which way they face!

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    Default Re: what direction should a hive face

    I face mine south for more than one reason.

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    Default Re: what direction should a hive face

    If you are migratory it isn't going to matter. If the hives are impermanent I would say in the second quadrant, east to south.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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