Getting ready for my third swarm season and was just wondering how far a swarm will travel from its parent hive? This is the question I asked last night at our Bee Keeps Meeting and it almost started a fight. Most of the members are fairly new like me to bee keeping with less the 5 yrs. But the old timers (some with 25+ years) really were entertaining as they argued over this ( just glad there was no alcohol). One said up to 50 miles to find a suitable home, another said BS they will not go more than 2 miles and then others said 5,10 15 ect... So I hope I don't start a argument here by posting this question. How far will a swarm travel from its parent hive? I will present the remarks/findings at our next meeting in May. No names will be used in my report to the club on this matter. Thanks to all that reply.