Re: Will moving a hive disorient the bees?
I think the common wisdom is to move the captured swarm the first night (or any night) to a location away from the "donor" hive. The new location could be several hundred yards or a mile or two, depending on the topography. If you want to eventually put them back in the original apiary, do that in a couple of weeks (again at night). The idea is that if the bees emerge from the hive in the morning and recognize their surroundings, they will go back to their old location (where you captured the swarm). If they do not recognize their surroundings, they will reorient. When you move them the second time to their permanent home, they will reorient there.
Jim in Olympia, Washington