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    Default Moving hives

    I have a smaller 12 bar hive I was thinking of putting inside of a now empty chicken coop to protect it from the wind, does the 3 mile 3 foot rule apply in the winter? Or does a long cold spell cause bees to reorient after they come out of cluster? It usually don’t stay cold enough to keep them clustered more than several days until around January here.

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    Default Re: Moving hives

    Quote Originally Posted by Mvs2290 View Post
    I have a smaller 12 bar hive I was thinking of putting inside of a now empty chicken coop to protect it from the wind, does the 3 mile 3 foot rule apply in the winter? Or does a long cold spell cause bees to reorient after they come out of cluster? It usually donít stay cold enough to keep them clustered more than several days until around January here.
    Empty coop a good idea.
    Just do it and don't over-analyze.
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame experimentation.

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    Default Re: Moving hives

    Hmmm yes, what does trigger re-orientation? If the hive will be a) facing a new direction, b) emerging into a very different scene, and c) there is NOTHING hive-like left in the old location (no stand, certainly no hive), then the bees should either re-orient or should spend a short time flying around the old location. That was a problem for me - I tried a branch and obstacle in the way with the hive entrance after I moved the hives. I left a closed hive in the old location. A hundred or so bees clustered on the old hive and froze that night.

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    Thanks, I went ahead and moved them this morning, stuffed some grass in the entrance as extra insurance.

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