When I first started in beekeeping 2 years ago, they told us in the class I attended that when splitting a hive to take the split 2 miles away to keep the bees from coming back to the original hive. I had three hives last summer that appear to have all survived the winter and are doing well with a good amount of capped honey still. So I'm trying to get ready for the spring, reading about how they will likely swarm and therefore do a split. So as I've been reading about that I've come across some people who say don't bother moving the split away, just put it in a hive next to the old one with a tree limb out in front of it or something so that the bees coming out of it know which hive is theirs and they'll come back to it. So, is it really that important to move the hive 2 miles away? The closest location I have to 2 miles is an apple orchard but it's 1.5 miles. And I'd rather not move them at all if I don't have to - I don't want to have to inspect 3 hives here, drag my suit and equipment to the orchard and do it all again. I'd rather have them in one location if it's not really going to be a problem.